Understanding and Preventing Heartworm Disease

Schertz_iStock_000041985826_LargeWhile serious illnesses like feline leukemia and pet cancer often become the focal point and worry for pet owners, there are other parasite-borne diseases that are more serious and prevalent than considered. Heartworm disease is a life-threatening illness that can result in death and affects cats and dogs in every state.

Heartworm disease is a particular concern during warm and humid months, since these conditions help mosquitos – the carrier of the illness – thrive. In the Louisville area, there are an estimated 26-50 cases per clinic each year. That is why we stress the importance of understanding how the illness is transmitted and what you can do to prevent this from ever occurring in your pet. Continue…