It’s Monday so I thought I’d talk about something nasty that starts with an
M: microfilariae. These are little baby heartworms that live in the blood! Icky! Check out this video clip:
Both dogs and cats can get heartworms. The larvae are transmitted by mosquitos when they bite. Although heartworm disease is much less common in our climate, it’s important to keep your pets protected with a monthly preventive (or for doggies the 6 month Proheart injection).
It’s also important to check your pets – dogs especially – for heartworm disease every year. Even if your pet doesn’t go outside much, mosquitoes can still get inside!
For more information check out the American Society for Heartworm Prevention’s page.