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Veterinary Treatment Facility reminds pet owners of heartworm disease risks
Capt. Ashley Butler (left) and Sgt. Hope Cruse Trevino of the Veterinary Treatment Facility perform a wellness exam on Heidi, a Swiss Mountain Dog puppy. VTF staff perform heartworm disease tests on dogs during annual visits like this. Even still, VTF staff said prevention is more valuable than treatment. Photo by Sam Campbell.

Veterinary Treatment Facility reminds pet owners of heartworm disease risks

Heartworms are a serious and potentially fatal disease that mainly affects dogs, cats and ferrets. It is caused by the parasitic worm Dirofilaria immitis, which infects pets through the bite of an infected mosquito.

In dogs, once the heartworms mature, they travel to the heart, lungs and arteries, then mate and produce offspring, increasing the number of worms that the dog carries over time. These worms cause damage and scarring to these vital structures which can affect their overall health and the quality of life of the animal the longer they go untreated. If left untreated, the complications can eventually lead to heart failure, permanent lung damage and death.

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The days are getting shorter, the nights are cooler, leaves are starting to turn, and football season is here. But that doesn’t mean your clients can forget about protecting their pets from heartworms.

To keep this message front and center with your clients, we’re sharing a set of new posters you can print OR post on your Facebook or Instagram page.

  • To save or print a poster, just click on the image below, then click on the “download” button and save the PDF file.
  • To save a poster for use on your social pages, simply open the downloaded poster, then right click on the file and follow the menu instructions to save the file as a JPEG image.

For more client tools, be sure to visit the Resource Center. And if you don’t already, make sure you’re sharing our Facebook and Instagram posts!