4 Things You Need to Know About Heartworm Disease

At VIP Petcare, our mission is to make keeping your pet healthy simple. Our community pet clinics offer convenient, affordable care for cats and dogs. One of the most common preventive treatments we provide is heartworm protection and for good reason. Heartworm is a common and potentially dangerous problem for both cats and dogs. But

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How does Heartworm Disease affect dogs?

When it comes to heartworm disease, dogs are more at risk for contracting the disease than cats. In fact, the process by which a cat becomes heartworm positive is very different than in dogs, but we’ll discuss that in another blog post. According to the American Heartworm Society, the main difference for dogs is that

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What does heartworm disease look like in your region?

The Companion Animal Parasite Council provides great data each year on how heartworm impacts dogs in each region of the United States. Highest risk areas are featured in a deep orange color, where areas with less risk have a lighter orange color. It’s important to note this map clearly shows that heartworm disease is found

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4 Medications to Help Prevent Heartworm Disease in Your Pet

To help understand how to prevent heartworm disease, it’s helpful to know the origins of heartworm disease. It all starts with the bite of a mosquito. The baby heartworms, also known as microfilaria, circulate in the bloodstream and a mosquito will bite an infected pet and then transfer the heartworms to a susceptible pet. After

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How Does Heartworm Affect Your Dog or Your Cat?

Heartworm affects dogs and cats differently. Read more to understand how heartworm is contracted and signs of heartworm. Heartworm in Dogs: When a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, the microfilariae is deposited in a tiny drop of mosquito saliva adjacent to the mosquito bite. Once in the bloodstream of the new host, the

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