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- Does heartworm only occur in dogs?
- What is the immature stage of the heartworm that is laid by the female worm and may be found in the blood of infected animals?
- What parasite transmits heartworm to pets?
- What are three easy steps you can take to protect your pets from heartworm?
- Why is regular heartworm testing important?
- How long does it take for an infected animal to test positive for the disease?
- How often are heartworm preventives administered?
- What determines what time of year to start giving heartworm preventives?
- What are three ways to prevent mosquitoes from biting your pet?
- Heartworm disease is determined by what kind of test?
- No. Heartworm can also occur in other animals such as cats and ferrets.
- The mosquito.
- Regular blood testing for heartworm, preventive medications, and reducing your pet's exposure to mosquitoes.
- To ensure your pet is heartworm-free before starting or continuing a preventive medication, and to detect a heartworm infection before it causes serious and permanent damage.
- In dogs, tests are usually not positive until about 6-7 months after infection has occurred. In cats, it is usually about 7-8 months after initial infection.
- Some medications are given to pets monthly, while others are given daily.
- When mosquitoes are present in your part of the country, although the American Heartworm Society recommends giving preventives year round.
- Eliminate breeding sites, reduce exposure during times mosquitoes are most active (dawn and dusk), use repellents.
- Diagnosis of heartworm disease is determined by a blood test.
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