Is My Beagle at risk for Heartworms?
It’s best to assume that all dogs (including your Beagle) are at risk for heartworms especially if the dog is not on a monthly prevention program. Heartworms are foot-long worms that are capable of invading the heart, lungs and blood vessels of your dog. The disease is transmitted through mosquitoes. Some dog owners believe regions are more prone to heartworms than others and often don’t see a reason to protect their dog. However, the disease has been diagnosed in all 50 U.S. states and throughout parts of Canada. Although regions may be at a lower risk than others, it should be assumed that the risk is present everywhere. It is recommended that all dogs be on a monthly heartworm prevention program and that all dogs be tested annually for the disease. If you’re not sure if your Beagle is on a preventative medicine, contact your veterinary clinic Middletown DE.