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Heartworm is a disease transmitted to dogs and cats by mosquitoes infected with the heartworm larvae and is potentially fatal to your pet. When an infected mosquito bites the animal, the larvae are injected into the bloodstream and eventually develop into adult worms in the blood vessels of the lungs and heart. If left untreated, the subsequent inflammation and clogging of the vessels in the heart and lungs will kill the dog or cat. Treatment for this disease in dogs is potentially dangerous and expensive. However, prevention is affordable and easy.
It is important for owners to realize that cats are also at risk for heartworm. The disease is more dangerous in cats because it takes much fewer heartworms to lead to a fatal illness and there is currently no safe and effective treatment for cats. However, prevention is also easy and affordable.
Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrlichia/Anaplasma Testing (4DX):
For more information, visit the American Heartworm Society website at http://www.heartwormsociety.org.