Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the USA and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, and—in rare instances—humans.
To learn more, please call us or schedule an appointment. You can also read more about heartworms at: www.heartwormsociety.org
Want to see the prevalence of heartworm, tick-borne ailments and intestinal parasites in the United States? You can even check out the numbers state by state (and county by county) by clicking the map link below. This map is provided by the Companion Animal Parasite Council. This map is just a small portion of the actual number of cases in the US. The CAPC notes that the numbers are "statistically significant and it serves as a strong representation of the parasite activity for each area. However, it does not represent the total number of positive tests." They estimate that it represents less than 30% of the activity in the geographic regions. The data shown is for the current year only.