is a disease passed by seventy species of mosquitoes. The
larvae develops within the mosquito. When the mosquito bites
the dog, it transfers the larvae into the dog’s body tissue.
The larvae travels through the bloodstream and continues to
develop within the right side of the heart and pulmonary
arteries. They restrict blood flow and a blockage is formed.
This leads to heart failure and liver or kidney damage.
Symptoms of heartworm disease include cough, difficulty
breathing, vomiting, weight loss, enlarged liver and
abnormal lung or heart sounds. Treating dogs for heartworm
disease can be lengthy, expensive and life threatening.
It is important to know, that if your dog has not
been tested, giving a heartworm preventative, may cause
CVS prefers performing a Heartworm test in March.
Prevention is key!!! Start your dogs on prevention once the
test has been performed.