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This article made me squirm a little bit. I don't like worms, and this particular disease is pretty gross. I will spare you the photos – you can google it if you are really curious. You have been warned though. As disgusting as heartworm disease may be, it's vital that pet parents and future pet parents learn about it.
When it comes to taking care of my dachshund, Rocket, I try to take a natural approach as much as possible. He only gets medicine when absolutely necessary. Heartworm is one of those things that I don't want to risk, therefore I feel it's essential to give him a monthly preventative. I have a friend whose dog developed the devastating disease and sadly, passed. Fortunately, it's easy to prevent and is also treatable if caught early.
We all know that veterinary care on an annual basis is an essential part of keeping your dog healthy. Heartworm prevention is also an essential part of that care. The consequences of heartworm disease can be life-threatening to your pet, which is why it is crucial to use a heartworm preventative.
How Do Dogs Get Heartworm?
Mosquitoes are the carriers of the heartworm parasite. One bite by an infected mosquito is all it takes for the larvae to enter your dog's bloodstream. Once the larvae enters the bloodstream, it can take around six to seven months for it to mature into adult worms….