Heartworm Awareness Month: What Pet Owners Need to Know
April is Heartworm Awareness Month, a time when veterinarians and animal welfare organizations raise awareness about this potentially deadly disease. Heartworm disease is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. It primarily affects dogs, but can also infect cats and other animals. If left untreated, heartworm disease can lead to heart failure, lung disease, and even death.