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FAMILY HISTORY & GENEALOGY
- Canine Heartworm disease is a
potentially fatal parasitic condition where roundworms (Dirofilaria
Immitis) develop in the heart and major blood vessels of dogs.
Heartworm infections cause severe heart and pulmonary damage as well as
dysfunction of the kidneys and liver.
- Heartworm disease is transmitted when
adult worms produce offspring (microfilariae) that circulate in the
blood and are then transmitted to mosquitoes when the mosquitoes bite
an infected dog. The offspring (microfilariae) develop to an
ineffective stage in the mosquito and are then transmitted when the
mosquito bites another dog.
- Heartworm cases have been reported in
all 50 of the United States. The disease is most common in the coastal
regions of the mid-Atlantic, southern and Gulf states as well as within
100 miles of the Mississippi River.
- Clinical signs of heartworm disease vary
according to severity.
The most common signs are a persistent cough, abnormal lung sounds and
intolerance to exercise. In severe cases, signs include enlargement of
liver, temporary loss of consciousness due to poor blood flow to the
excessive fluid in the abdominal cavity and abnormal heart sounds.
- Most dogs infected with heartworm can be
treated. The goal is to kill all adult worms and all offspring.
Heartworm infected dogs that are normal
or have mild disease have a high treatment success rate. Dogs with a
severe heartworm disease can be successfully treated but the incidence
complication and mortality are higher.
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