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Protect your Pet, Information Library

• Heartworm positive pets can spread infection anywhere they go via mosquitoes.
• Wild animals such as coyotes can become infected and, because they go untreated, may become "reservoirs" spreading infection to other animals via mosquitoes.
• Dogs and Cats have been diagnosed with heartworm disease in all 50 states.
• Nearly 250,000 dogs are reported as testing positive each year from heartworm infection.
• Treatment of Heartworm disease can be quite costly to the owner.
• Untreated infections can lead to severe heart/lung/kidney disease- even death.
• BOTH cats and dogs should be tested once a year after 6 months of age.
• If there is a gap in prevention, restart immediately and have the heartworm test repeated.