Your pets are susceptible to diseases that humans either rarely or never contract. That's why you have to look out for things like heartworms, which is a serious disease. Heartworms are the result of a parasitic worm known as Dirofilaria immitis. They'll infect your pet's body and cause harm as they mature. The adult worms are a foot long and live in your pet's heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels.
Dogs are the natural hosts for heartworms. The heartworms that infect cats usually won't reach adulthood. As such, we'll mostly go over how heartworms affect dogs.
While the disease is in its early stages, your dog won't show any signs. Here are the signs to watch out for as the disease progresses:
There are ways to prevent your dog from contracting heartworms at all. Heartworms are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. That means taking measures to keep them away from your dog. Here are the best ways to prevent heartworms:
Keep in contact with your vet so that they can help at a moment's notice. Heartworms are scary, but they're preventable too.