Heartworm is a preventable but potentially life-threatening disease spread by the bite of a mosquito carrying the blood-borne parasite. When a mosquito bites a heartworm-positive animal, it carries the heartworm parasite to the next animal it bites, who can then become infected.
The treatment for heartworm disease is typically arsenic-based, which can be very toxic for the body and is generally unpleasant for the pet. Understanding and preventing heartworm infection will keep your pet from having to suffer from the symptoms and treatment of heartworm disease.
Learn more about heartworm disease and how to prevent your pet from becoming infected via following article for PetSafe- Is your pet at risk for heartworm disease?
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