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HEARTWORM DISEASE - the ugly truth

Posted: February 1, 2016

Heartworm disease – the ugly truth

Did you know that the number of heartworm positive dogs in the state of Massachusetts has more than doubled from 2011 to 2015?  As per the Capcvet.org incidence maps – there were 940 dogs that tested heartworm positive in 2011 while in 2015 that number more than doubled and rang in at a staggering 1,951.  Well you might say – well that’s for all of Massachusetts, what about here in Norfolk county?  In 2011 Norfolk County had only 85 heartworm positive dogs, last year in 2015 that more than doubled to 233!!!  We are definitely appreciating this increase at both Medfield Veterinary Clinic and Westwood Veterinary Care.   We are seeing more heartworm positive dogs this year than we have previously – and we are seeing them all throughout the year, not just seasonally!! This makes heartworm prevention more important than ever.  Our moto here at Medfield Veterinary Clinic and Westwood Veterinary Care is “ONCE A MONTH,...

From the Doctors

“Heartworm disease, a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart, has recently become a lot more prevalent in our area. This is in large part due to the number of rescue dogs being shipped to the Northeast from the South. For this reason, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your dog up to date on monthly heartworm prevention all year. Also due to the increased prevalence, we recommend testing for heartworm annually since no prevention is 100% effective. ”