Prevention is the Best Way to Go
Heartworms in dogs -- easy to prevent, but difficult and costly to cure.
The only way a dog gets heartworms is by the bite of an infected mosquito. Since there’s no way to tell if a mosquito is infected, prevention is important.
It takes only the bite of one infected mosquito to give your dog heartworm disease.
It takes about seven months after the infected bite for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system.
Prevention is the only sensible approach. If your dog is not yet protected, please talk to us about starting your dog on heartworm preventative medicine now.