Transmission of Heartworm Disease in Ferrets

Many animals are susceptible to heartworm disease including ferrets. So how is it transmitted or how do ferrets get heartworm disease? If the ferret is not on a monthly prevention medication then he can be prone to heartworm disease via mosquito bites. Heartworms are foot-long worms that can invade the bloodstream and eventually invade the heart, lungs and other vital organs. The disease is often fatal in ferrets. It all starts with a mosquito that bites an infected animal and then transfers the heartworm larvae to the ferret when biting the ferret. It takes 10 to 14 days for the baby worms to enter the infective stage. Due to the size of a ferret, one heartworm can do as much damage as several heartworms. It’s important to keep your ferret on a prevention medication. Contact your vet Sonoma County, CA to schedule a checkup and ask for the heartworm prevention medication.


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