Quick Tips to Share with Pet Owners
  • Using effective monthly heartworm preventive medication for your dog is much safer and cost-effective than diagnosing and treating a pet with heartworm disease.
  • It can take 6 to 7 months from the time your dog is bitten by a mosquito carrying infective heartworm larvae to detect the disease from a blood test.
  • Adult heartworms are fully grown (male: 10-15 cm, female: 25-30 cm) 1 year after infection and can live in your dog’s heart, lungs and nearby blood vessels for 5 to 7 years!

To learn how to identify ticks, click here.