Meet Sky, a handsome Siberian Husky who is heartworm positive, one of four heartworm positive patients currently being treated at Rising Sun Animal Care. And yet, there still seems to be a common misconception that we don’t have heartworm disease in Colorado. One of our technicians recently went to the Furry Scurry, and was shocked by the number of people there with their dogs that didn’t know about heartworm disease. The truth is, heartworm disease is alive and well in Colorado, with more and more cases being reported each year. Heartworms are just as tangible as some of the more readily known parasites like hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms.
Heartworm disease is a potentially deadly illness of the heart and lungs. Immature heartworms are transmitted from infected dogs to healthy dogs by mosquitoes. Other carriers of heartworm disease include wolves, foxes, ferrets, coyotes and raccoons. Once a dog is infected with heartworms, treatment can be expensive, difficult on the animal, and sometimes unsuccessful. If left untreated, it is almost always fatal. Fortunately, heartworm disease is also easily prevented. At Rising Sun Animal Care, we have adopted a progressive preventive care program to protect our patients from this deadly disease. Our program includes client education, year-round administration of heartworm prevention and bi-annual testing. If you or someone you know has a dog that has never been tested for heartworms or is not on monthly prevention, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Sky is one of the lucky ones. He was diagnosed early on and is responding well to his treatment under the capable hands of Dr. Miller. He also happens to be available for adoption. If you would be interested in giving him a forever home please contact our office.