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Heartworm disease

Heartworm disease is a severe (and in many cases fatal) disease that occurs in pets, especially in dogs. It is characterized by foot long worms, also known as heartworms, that grow in your dog’s heart, lungs and blood vessels, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in their bodies.

Heartworms in dogs can become adults, mate and produce offspring. If you don’t provide your dog with the right treatment, their number can increase to a few hundred.

Heartworm disease can be transmitted through mosquitos. How? Well, if a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up some microscopic baby worms (which turn into infective stage larvae) and then the infected mosquito will transmit the worms to other healthy animals when it bites them too. When baby worms reach a new host, it will take approx. 6 months for the larvae to transform into adult heartworms.

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