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Heartworm In Dogs – Diagnosis and Treatment

Heartworm In Dogs – Diagnosis and Treatment

In a previous post, we went over the basics of heartworm in dogs: what it is, how it’s transmitted by mosquitoes, plus we covered the various symptoms and stages of the disease. Now let’s look at how heartworm disease is diagnosed and treated. Then we will look at how heartworm can be prevented. Diagnosis of heartworm in its earlier stages is very important because the earlier it’s detected the better your dog’s chances are for a complete recovery. Heartworm disease is diagnosed by a blood test which looks for something called antigens in your dog’s blood. These antigens are proteins…
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Heartworm In Dogs – What You Must Know

Heartworm In Dogs – What You Must Know

The very name of the ugly disease tells it all...heartworm...an infestation of parasitic worms that get into your dog’s heart and are transmitted through the bite of the mosquito. Yuck! Here’s what you need to know to protect your dog. Years ago, it was a common practice to give heartworm medication to dogs in just the warmer months when mosquitoes were out and about, especially in the Northern U.S. where winter temps presumably took away all risk for infection.  And yes, the Southern regions of the U.S. have long been associated with the disease, but now heartworm has been reported…
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