Heartworm disease can have a devastating effect on your pet’s health. Heartworm disease is spread when a mosquito bites an infected animal and later bites another animal. The bite deposits tiny heartworm larvae into the animal’s bloodstream. It only takes about six months for the larvae to mature and begin residing in the heart valves.
Southwest Florida is a very high-risk area for heartworm disease because we tend to have mosquitos year-round. It is critical that your pet bet on monthly heartworm preventive throughout their lifetime to prevent this deadly parasite from invading their body.
Treatment for Heartworm disease is costly, and can be fatal. The best defense is simply prevention. Animal Wellness Center of Bonita prescribes various monthly heartworm prevention. Call our office today for help choosing which prevention is best for your pet.
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Video shows heartworm larvae in a drop of canine blood, taken for a heartworm test at AWCB.