The American Heartworm Society and Companion Animal Parasite Council are the authorities who veterinarians look to for national data regarding the treatment and incidence of heartworm disease. These two groups have recently come out with updated information regarding the current national trends of the disease. Data was collected from veterinary clinics all over the USA regarding numbers of positive heartworm cases and the results are in…heartworm disease is on the rise in our country.
2016 saw an increase in the number of dogs diagnosed per veterinary clinic by an average of 21% nationwide vs. 2013 (this data is collected every 3 years). Heartworm disease is seen in every state in the nation.
Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes that carry the parasite from infected dogs, coyotes, wolves and foxes to uninfected dogs and cats.
The disease is a preventable one, with multiple medications available from monthly oral pills to liquid topicals to 6-month injections that stop the disease before you started.
We are still following AHS guidelines for the disease, testing dogs yearly and recommending year-round prevention.
For information regarding heartworm disease, check out the American Heartworm Society Page: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics