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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 01:29 AM
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Only by the bite of an infected mosquito. Thereís no other way dogs get heartworms. And thereís no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. Thatís why prevention is so important.

Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. And the bite of just one mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae will give your dog heartworm disease.

Heartworm disease has not only spread throughout the United States, but itís also now found in areas where veterinarians used to say ďOh, we donít have heartworm disease.Ē Areas like Oregon, California, Arizona, and desert areas -- where irrigation and building are allowing mosquitoes to survive. And if you have mosquitoes and you have animals, youíre going to have heartworms. Itís just that simple.

It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, 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.
The only way heartworms are transmitted is through the bite of an infected mosquito. And even if an uninfected mosquito bit your infected dog, and then bit your uninfected dog the same night, he wouldnít transmit the parasite from one dog to the other. Thatís because when a mosquito bites an infected animal, the heartworm needs to undergo an incubation period in the mosquito before the mosquito can infect other animals.
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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 02:42 AM
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Yeah ! heard of it, It is really danger disease, my neighbor lost his dog because of that only, but I guess it can be cured fast. The treatment for it is only possible in between time period of 2 hours of the mosquito's bite.

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post #33 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-04-2012, 10:11 PM
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This information is very important. this should be shared.
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post #34 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by pitbullforever View Post
the vets office i work for kind of tell people if they can only afford a couple things to do for thier dogs it should be rabies vax every 3 years and heartworm testing every year.
Heartworm preventatives are good 2.

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post #35 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 02:09 PM
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Good information. Heartworm is now becoming a disease which is increasing by time passes.Can anyone give me some more details and the cure of this disease??

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post #36 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-02-2014, 08:29 PM
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It can be difficult to diagnose early stages of heartworm disease since these may not show any symptoms at all. Heartworms can be detected through blood testing. It would be best to have puppies tested at seven months old. This should be done on a biannual basis after its initial test, and yearly after this, to ensure that it stays heartworm-free for the remainder of its life. For dogs that have never been tested for heartworms before, have them tested immediately. Repeat this after six months, and yearly after that.

There are several ways by which you can protect your petís heart without injecting harmful chemicals intended for heartworm disease control. One of these is by feeding your pet a balanced meal. How can this prevent heartworm? Animals that have a healthy immune system are able to fight off unwanted infections, including heartworms. Add some immune boosters in its diet, preferably natural foods instead of dry pet foods. To make it less attractive to mosquitoes, you can apply insect repellant oils such as lavender or citronella on your petís coat. Or make your house free from flying mosquitoes. Spray insecticides and get rid of stagnant water.

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post #37 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-13-2016, 11:08 AM
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Thank you! These posts are very valuable and everyone should read them. It is important to raise awareness when it comes to diseases of our fur babies. You're such a blessing!

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