General information on Heartworm
Heartworm is a disease that affects a dogs’ heart.
Mosquitoes transmit the heartworm larvae from dog to dog or other animal to dog where the immature larvae are transmitted to the skin. The larvae then travel through the blood steam to the heart and large blood vessels where the larvae grow into adult worms that can grow up to 12 inches in length.
Symptoms of Heartworm
Symptoms of heartworm include listlessness, cough and appetite loss.
As the disease progresses the symptoms become worse to where the dog will have problems breathing, weight loss and may cough up blood.
Treatments for Heartworm
Most infected dogs with heartworm can be treated. Treatment includes an adulticide to kill all adult worms and microfilaricide to eliminate all microfilariae . Harmful effects from drugs and a degree of complications are created by the dying heartworms. Dogs infected with heartworm that shows mild or no signs have a higher success rate.
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