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IT'S NATIONAL HEARTWORM PREVENTION MONTH!

Does Arizona have Heartworms? Yes! We do!  Believe it!

Canine heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is spread by mosquitoes. When the mosquito bites the dog it ingests a microscopic, immature form of heartworm, called microfilaria. The microfilaria develops into young, infective larvae that are transmitted to another dog when that mosquito bites another dog. Therefore, heartworm disease is more prevalent in areas where mosquitoes are numerous – such as near lakes, golf course, swimming pools. In Arizona, with the addition of such water areas, there has been an increase in cases of heartworm.

Some common signs of heartworm disease in dogs are coughing, lethargy, difficulty in breathing, weightloss and reduced indurance, although these symptoms can be related to many issues. Once the adult worms reach the heart, they then live in the right side of the heart and in the nearby blood vessels. Their accumulation impairs the blood’s circulation, which causes damage t…

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