Heartworm Test

Canine-HeartWorm-lifecycleWhat is Heart-worm Disease?
Heart-worm disease is caused by the parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, which is a species of round worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of the infected patient. Heart-worm can cause; heart failure, lung disease and other organ damage and ultimately death in infected animals. Heart-worm is mainly found in dogs, cats and ferrets. It is transmitted to the pet by an infected mosquito (the intermediate host). The dog is the definitive or main host for the heart-worm. When the dog is bitten by the infected mosquito, the heart-worm larvae are transmitted to the dog, mature into adults, mate and multiply causing an infestation inside your pet.
When Should a Dog Be Tested For Heart-worm?

Testing for heart-worm should be done once a year. Testing should be done before any preventative medication is given. If an undiagnosed, infected dog is treated with preventative medication there could be serious complications leading to illness or death of your pet. If a dog is left undiagnosed and untreated the worms will continue to multiply and will eventually cause death. In such cases surgical removal of the worms may become necessary to prevent circulatory shock or embolism. Mosquitoes are the carriers of the heart-worm parasite, and a single bite can infect your pet. The testing is simple and can be done entirely in house using only a couple of drops of blood from your dog.

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