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Dogs and Heartworms

Heartworms are a dangerous and often deadly disease that affects dogs, cats, and some exotic animals including ferrets. Heartworms are basically worms that can invade the bloodstream and find their way to the heart, lungs, and other vital organs and blood vessels in the body. The worms can block blood flow and cause organ failure or shutdown over time. The best way to protect your dog from heartworms is to have him tested yearly at his annual wellness exam. In addition, your dog should be on a monthly heartworm protection program. If your dog tests positive for heartworms then he will need to start immediate and aggressive treatment. He will not be able to go on an heartworm preventative until he tests negative for heartworms. Heartworms are generally transmitted from animal to animal via mosquito bites. Talk to your reputed vet Oconomowoc, WI  to learn more about this disease.

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