As temperatures grow warmer, pet owners should be prepared for mosquito season, which carries the risk of heartworm disease.
Heartworm is a disease which can cause death by a parasite affecting the heart region. The mosquito is the carrier of this parasite, infecting the host by injecting this parasite into the host during a blood meal. After a blood meal, the parasite will travel to the heart over a period of 7 – 9 months. Once at the heart the female will pass offspring called larvae, which will circulate in the blood waiting for another mosquito to ingest them and start infecting other hosts.
Coughing is usually the first sign of infection.