Heartworm Is On The Rise

According to the Spring 2012 Companion Animal Parasite Council Parasite Forecast, warm weather and rain will bring higher populations of heartworm.

By | Posted: April 6, 2012, 5 p.m. EDT

The forecast is based on National Weather Service data, weather trends, parasite prevalence statistics from veterinary clinics and animal shelters, and the collective expert opinion of parasitologists.

Through April 2012, the forecast calls for the following levels of heartworm populations in five U.S. regions: “extremely high” in the South; “high” in the Northeast and Midwest; “moderate to higher-than-normal” in the Northwest; and “persistent spikes” in parts of the West.

“We want everyone to be especially vigilant in protecting themselves and their pets from the risks that parasites pose in every state in the country,” says CAPC board member and former president Byron Blagburn, M.S., Ph.D., a distinguished professor at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s important to remember that almost all parasites are completely preventable.”

Learn more about Heartworm.


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Alicia   Hollister, CA

4/10/2012 2:14:13 AM

Ticks too! D:

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

4/9/2012 11:24:16 PM

Scary. Especially since my dog is not on the medication.

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PJ   Newton, NC

4/9/2012 5:59:00 PM

Yes it is on the rise. This is a subject that needs much attention considering the danger at hand. My vet told me she has seen 12 cases this year and 9 of the dogs were on heartworm meds. All but one of those 9 had medical records to prove that the owner had been giving them their medications and had their heart worm tests performed.

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