What you should know
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms, called Dirofilaria immitis, living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals. Dogs and cats contract heartworm from mosquites infected with immature heartworms called microfilariae.
In comparison to the United States, where heartworm affects dogs in all 50 states, there are few fewer cases reported in Canada. Most reported cases of heartworm in Canada come from the Atlantic coast, southern Ontario and Manitoba, and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
Treatment for heartworm disease can be both costly and difficult with serious potential side effects. As with many diseases, prevention for heartworm disease is more cost efffective and better for your pet. If you are traveling with your pet to any of these heartworm endemic areas this summer, please contact us so we can help enure your pets safety.
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