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Heartworm Disease

Judy Schroeder, DVM   January 11, 2013   Comments Off on Heartworm Disease
A heart infected with heartworm

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm (Dirofilaria immitis) that is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The adult parasite lives in the heart and pulmonary vessels, and can lead to heart and lung failure, kidney disease, and death if untreated. Heartworms are found worldwide in temperate and tropical climates and in every state of the US…. Read more »