In addition to spaying or neutering your dog and getting them the proper pet vaccinations each year, preventing heartworm is an essential element of proper dog care. This disease can be very serious, but fortunately, it’s fairly easy to prevent. Below is some important information to know if you’ve recently gotten a dog or are thinking about getting one.

Common Heartworm Questions, Answered

What is heartworm?

Heartworms are parasites that attach to the heart of dogs. As they grow, they can block blood vessels from getting to the heart and other organs, eventually leading to heart failure and lung disease. It can be fatal when left untreated.

How is it transmitted?

pet vaccinationsHeartworm is not transmitted directly from other dogs. Instead, the heartworms travel from infected dogs to healthy dogs through mosquito bites. This means that any dog can be at risk if not protected.

What are the signs?

Those in the early stages of heartworm disease usually do not show any signs, which is why testing and annual veterinary checks are so important. Those in the more advanced stages of heartworm disease may exhibit loss of appetite, fatigue, cough, and weight loss.

How can I prevent it?

There are plenty of prescription heartworm prevention pills and chews available for your furry friend. Once confirmed negative by blood test, just give your dog one tablet or chewable each month for life.


If you’re thinking about getting a dog or want help taking better care of your pet, contact Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic in Fairfield County, CT. We offer low-cost spay and neuter services and help dog and cat owners access the pet vaccinations and other treatment options needed to keep their animals healthy. View a list of services and pricing for pet vaccinations and spay or neuter procedures online. To schedule an appointment, call (203) 690-1550.