April is Heartworm Disease Awareness month. Call Bristol County Veterinary Hospital to Set-up your Dog’s yearly heartworm test now for a special discounted price for the month of April. Cat owners, prevention is the key for your feline family members. Stop by our clinic now to stock up on Revolution Plus (special price being offered for purchase of 4 or months of prevention) in the month of April. Or, just stop by the clinic to see our table on Heartworm disease, guess the amount of “Worms” in a Heart Model, Take a Quiz, and Enter a Raffle to Win a basket full of goodies for your feline or canine friend.

Facts on Heartworm Disease (These Facts will Help you answer our In Clinic Quiz!)

  • Heartworm disease is caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and vessels. They can cause heart failure, severe lung disease, and damage to other organs that eventually cause death.
  • Heartworm disease can affect dogs, cats, and ferrets but can also live in wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and yes, even humans.
  • Since dogs are a natural host for heartworms, these worms can survive, mate, and have offspring.. Up to 100 worms can be found in a dog affected by heartworms.
  • Cats are not a natural host so not many worms can survive in them; however, they can still cause respiratory disease that can kill a cat.
  • Dogs and cats can get heartworms through the bite of a mosquito. The mosquito bites a wild animal or another dog that is infected and picks up microfilaria from their bloodstream where it grows to be larvae inside of them. That mosquito then bites a dog or cat and deposits that larvae with its bite and it grows to be an adult heartworm over 6 months.
  • In 2013, in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, there were an average of 6-50 cases of heartworm disease at every clinic. The incidence has risen with the increase of temperature.
  • There is no treatment for cats that end up positive for heartworm disease and the treatment for dogs can cost upwards of $1000 and the treatment itself can cause health problems. Therefore, the American Heartworm Society recommends prevention as the first defense and that prevention be used year round.