The American Heartworm Society
Information from the American Heartworm Society
The American Heartworm Society reminds dog owners to remain vigilant against heartworm disease
Heartworm, a serious and often fatal disease of dogs, cats, and other species of mammals, is preventable. And, with the beginning of the mosquito season, to help raise public awareness, April is recognized as Heartworm Prevention Month.
Most pet owners wouldn’t knowingly put their pet at risk of becoming infected with a potentially deadly disease, yet according to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), millions of pet owners fail to protect their dog from heartworm infection everyday.
Heartworm is a life-threatening canine parasite transmitted by mosquitoes that affects dogs in all 48 of the contiguous states and Hawaii. While research shows that America’s dog owners are familiar with the threat caused by heartworm disease, adherence to the proper administration of traditional heartworm preventatives remains a serious problem for dog owners and veterinarians.
Heartworm disease is completely preventable, and the AHS recommends that pet owners take steps now to talk to their veterinarian about how to best protect their pets from this dangerous disease. According to the AHS, heartworm prevention is safe, easy, and inexpensive compared to treating a dog or cat after worms have matured into adults. While treatment for heartworm disease is possible, it is a complicated and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover.