Many pet parents have heard the term “heartworm” before, but may not know what it is, how pets get it, and why testing and preventative care is important.
What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive disease that affects pets. It is also potentially fatal if left untreated. In infected pets, heartworms live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels and arteries and can cause severe heart failure, lung disease, and other problems with organs in the body. Heartworms are easy to detect and easy to prevent, but difficult to cure.