This is Part 1 of 3 of articles about Heartworm disease, originally posted at ThePetCenter.com by Diana Beam, DVM.
Heartworm disease in dogs and cats: In many areas of North America, April is the time of the year when veterinarians begin to check dogs and cats for exposure to heartworm organisms that may have occurred during the previous mosquito season. If your pet was infected last mosquito season, evidence of the disease may now begin to be detected. And like any other pathogenic situation, the earlier a diagnosis is made and treatment is begun, the better the chances are that the patient will recover properly. Give your veterinarian a call early in Spring about testing your pet for Heartworm.