Ardisana: Heartworms are a threat to dogs, cats and ferrets

Spring is in the air and, unfortunately, so are the mosquitoes.

We all hate the red welts and itching of a mosquito bite, but even worse is the possibility of disease transmission. Most of us know that mosquitoes can transmit diseases to people such as Zika virus, West Nile virus and malaria among others, but did you know that the mosquito is the vector for heartworm disease transmission in dogs and cats?