What you need to Know
About Heartworms
Heartworms are parasites that live in the blood stream. They are carried
by Mosquito's. When an infected Mosquito bites your pet, the egg of the
Heartworm is transferred to your pet. In dogs, the Heartworms can breed
causing an infestation that can be deadly. The adult worms live in the
heart causing a blockage and reduced blood flow. If left untreated this will
eventually cause heart failure.

Below you will find information on how you can protect your pet:
What Are Heartworms and How Do Dogs Get Them?

Whether your pet spends lots of time in the great outdoors or rarely ventures out of
your own back yard, it's still at risk for exposure to deadly heartworm disease.
Heartworms are a nationally-recognized threat to both adult dogs and puppies;
fortunately, HEARTGARD Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) is highly effective in preventing
heartworm disease.

Heartworms are parasites that live in the hearts and lungs of infected dogs and
puppies. The resulting heartworm disease can cause serious health problems and
can eventually lead to heart failure and death.

Heartworm disease has been found in dogs in all 50 States. One reason for the
prevalence of these worms in puppies and dogs is that we live in a mobile society –
people and their pets travel from place to place, unknowingly taking parasites along
for the ride. Thankfully, there's HEARTGARD Plus. When used as directed,
HEARTGARD Plus is highly effective in preventing heartworms.

The transmission cycle of the heartworm begins when a mosquito bites an infected
dog and feeds on blood that contains tiny immature heartworms. As it feeds, the
mosquito takes in the immature heartworms. During the next two to three weeks, these
tiny worms develop into larvae (the infective stage of heartworms) within the mosquito.
If the infected mosquito bites another dog or puppy, it can transmit infective larvae to
that healthy animal.

Without the use of a heartworm preventive, the heartworm life cycle will continue.
Infective larvae enter the dog's body through the mosquito bite, and they continue to
develop over the next few months. They migrate through the dog's tissues, eventually
reaching the heart and lungs. Once in the dog's heart, the worms may grow to between
7 and 11 inches in length and can cause significant damage to the heart and lungs. If
left untreated, heartworm disease may result in death. The life cycle of the heartworm
is approximately 6 months.
Heartworm products we carry
to protect your Pet:
To help you protect
your Pet, we have added
information pages.

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