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What are heartworms in dogs?

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These foot-long worms live in your dog's heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Mosquitoes carry the worms’ offspring from one dog’s blood to another’s. The vet will do a blood test to tell if your dog has them.

From: How Do You Deworm Dogs and Puppies? WebMD Medical Reference

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Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Intestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats.''

American Heartworm Society: ''Heartworm Basics.''

American Veterinary Medical Association: ''Heartworm Disease.''

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Baker Institute for Animal Health: ''Infections - A. braziliense, A. caninum, and U. stenocephala'' and ''An Overview of Canine Roundworm Infections.''

Companion Animal Parasite Council: ''CAPC Recommendations” and “Dog Owners: Roundworms.”

Humane Society of Central Illinois: ''Heartworms.''

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Parasites: Animals (Zoonotic).''

Chomel B, Sun B. , published online Feb. 2011. Emerging Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Intestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats.''

American Heartworm Society: ''Heartworm Basics.''

American Veterinary Medical Association: ''Heartworm Disease.''

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Baker Institute for Animal Health: ''Infections - A. braziliense, A. caninum, and U. stenocephala'' and ''An Overview of Canine Roundworm Infections.''

Companion Animal Parasite Council: ''CAPC Recommendations” and “Dog Owners: Roundworms.”

Humane Society of Central Illinois: ''Heartworms.''

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Parasites: Animals (Zoonotic).''

Chomel B, Sun B. , published online Feb. 2011. Emerging Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 24, 2018

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