Heartworm Life Cycle

The heartworm life cycle begins when a mosquito bites an infected animal and ingests tiny heartworm larvae along with the animal’s blood. Coyotes, wolves, foxes, and ferrets can also develop heartworm disease in addition to dogs and cats. Next, the larvae develop into an infective stage inside the mosquito. When a heartworm disease-carrying mosquito bites … Continued

Home is Where the Heartworm is?

Mosquitoes transmit life-threatening heartworm disease to dogs and cats. They are generally known to carry a variety of serious diseases but which mosquito species are prevalent in our community and what does this mean for the safety of our pets? Ventura County is typically home to 15 common species of mosquitoes. Of these, the species Aedes sierrensis, or Western Treehole Mosquito, is known to carry heartworm disease. These mosquitoes reside … Continued

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

Read about Sam’s story and help raise awareness about heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is life-threatening, difficult to treat, and is present in our area. Numbers of affected pets across the country steadily increases each year. Click here to view the American Heartworm Society’s Heartworm Incidence Maps. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitos carrying the microscopic heartworm larvae. Mosquitos … Continued

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month

Heartworm disease in pets is a problem that continues to worsen. Every three years, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) gathers data from thousands of veterinary practices and shelters to create a detailed map showing the average number of heartworm-positive cases per clinic. The lightest red zones are areas in which clinics see 1-5 cases of … Continued

Heartworm Disease: Prevent it Now

Heartworm disease is life threatening, difficult to treat, and is present in our area. But there’s good news, giving a single medication once a month keeps your pet safe from heartworm disease as well as other harmful internal parasites. Canine and Feline heartworm disease develops when a dog or cat is bitten by a mosquito carrying microscopic … Continued