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Heartworms

What Is Canine Heartworm Disease?

Canine heartworm disease is a serious parasitic disease caused by a long, thin worm that lives in the blood vessels and heart of infected dogs. The disease is spread from dog to dog (and to cat) by mosquitoes. The mosquito bites a dog with heartworm infection, collects some of the microscopic heartworm offspring and then, after a couple of weeks, passes these on to another dog or cat. You should treat your garden and home with the Siphotrol Mosquito Larvicide Granules, to avoid infestation of mosquitos which are agents that spread heartworm diseases. Inside the dog, the microscopic heartworm can grow into a parasite exceeding a foot in length. The life cycle is somewhat complicated. The important thing is to prevent worm development using safe and effective preventative drugs. Heartworms are present in most parts of the United States and in many parts of North America. Mosquitoes are the key without them the disease cannot spread. The highest rate of infections are found in subtropical climates like those of the southeastern United States, the Gulf states and Hawaii. However, heartworms are also found throughout the central and eastern United States, particularly near oceans, lakes and rivers. Heartworm disease injures the lungs, the arteries of the lungs and the heart. Symptoms include tiring, coughing, weight loss and heart failure. Heartworm infection in dogs is usually diagnosed by a blood test.

Prevention

Prevention of heartworm disease is simple. In most cases, a once-monthly prescription tablet or topical treatment is all that is needed to effectively protect your pet. These products include Interceptor Flavor Tabs and Sentinel Flavor Tabs, Heartgard for Dogs, and Revolution. Some heartworm preventatives also control intestinal or external parasites.
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