Canine Heartworm Disease

By Horse & Hound Veterinary Services | Jun 11, 2017

Horse & Hound Veterinary Services offers heartworm blood testing and oral heartworm preventive tabs. Heartworm disease or dirofilariasis is a serious and potentially fatal disease of dogs. It is caused by a blood-borne parasite known as Dirofilaria immitis. Heartworm disease is spread by mosquito bites. Adult heartworms are found in the heart and adjacent large blood vessels of infected dogs. Research has shown 1 to 250 adult worms may live in the average infected dog's heart. This infection causes coughing, exercise intolerance, blood disorders, and more. Rarely, worms may be found in other parts of the circulatory system. Heartworm testing requires only a small sample of the animal's blood and the results will be known while the patient is still present during an office visit. Cost is $38. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 557-5669.

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