Pet of the Month
Jarvis is a 2 year old, small mixed breed dog adopted from a southern rescue group last year. At his annual exam, his heartworm test came back positive.
Heartworm is a parasite spread by mosquitoes, and is common in the South. It isn’t as common in the North East, but dogs do get it here and it is a very serious disease if not treated. Dogs coming up north from southern rescues and adoption programs are routinely tested before being adopted out, however it takes 6 months after being infected for the test to come back positive. It is important to retest any dog adopted from the south 6 months after adopting.
The treatment for heartworm can be dangerous itself, and requires confining the dog for several months while the worms die off. Heartworm is easily prevented with a monthly chewable medication. Jarvis received treatment for his heartworm disease, which was in an early stage, and is doing well.