Heartworm in Dogs

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The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible.

American Heartworm Society. (1970, September 21). Heartworm in dogs. American Heartworm Society. Retrieved December 30, 2022, from https://www.heartwormsociety.org/heartworms-in-dogs

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Topic(s): Breeder Resource, Health, Preventative Care, Preventative Health Care - Parasite Screening & Prevention, Veterinary Care