It’s that time of year again when the weather gets sticky and humid, and our homes get bombarded by tiny pests. You know which ones we’re talking about… MOSQUITOES!
Mosquitoes and Heartworm Disease
While we don’t have to worry about some diseases mosquitoes carry like the Zika Virus, which we are relieved hasn’t reared its ugly head in our area, there are other infections that mosquitoes can pass on– and not just to humans.
One mosquito-borne disease that can affect household pets like cats and dogs (and even horses) is Heartworm Disease. In some cases with mosquito-borne diseases, mosquitoes are just carriers of a virus. However, Heartworm Disease is not the same. mosquitoes carry the actual Heartworm larvae, and, once injected into a pet through the mosquito bite, heartworms will live and grow in large blood vessels located around the lungs.