Keep Your Pets Safe from Heartworm Disease

Contrary to what some may believe, heartworm disease is found in Colorado! The worm, Dirofilaria immitis, is transported by mosquitoes and can afflict all pets, whether they reside strictly indoors or out.  

Each veterinary clinic/hospital in Colorado averages from 1-4 positive heartworm cases per year. While our area is not a hot bed of heartworm disease, regular testing and prevention are warranted to protect your dog from this potentially lethal condition. There is a treatment for heartworm disease in dogs but the cost of prevention over your dog’s lifetime is far less than the cost and toll the treatment can take on your dog.

Cats, and even people, can get heartworm disease but since dogs/canids are the natural host, heartworms can die in the presence of a healthy immune system in other animals. There is no approved medical treatment for heartworm disease in cats at this time. For more information on heartworm disease, please visit American Hearworm Society Website.