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Understanding the Rise of Heartworm Incidence: What Pet Owners Need to Know

Have you ever wondered about the risks of heartworm disease for your furry companions? Recent findings from the American Heartworm Society (AHS) shed light on the concerning trends in heartworm incidence across the United States. Let’s explore the key takeaways from their nationwide survey conducted in early 2023.

1. Heartworm Incidence on the Rise:

  • Heartworm disease continues to be diagnosed in all 50 states of the U.S.
  • While about half of the surveyed respondents (53%) reported stable heartworm rates since 2019, more practitioners (29%) witnessed rising rates compared to those reporting a decline (17%).

2. Worsening Conditions in Certain Regions:

  • The presence of untreated heartworm-positive pets and wildlife serves as a reservoir for infection, posing persistent risks to unprotected pets in these areas.
  • The South and Southeastern regions exhibit the highest heartworm incidence rates due to favorable conditions for mosquito proliferation.

3. Heartworms in Unexpected Places:

  • Heartworm infections are spreading into non-endemic areas, attributed to factors like animal movement, increased testing, and shifting human populations.
  • Movement of heartworm-positive pets into new areas, alongside environmental factors like backyard watering and urban landscaping, contributes to the spread of heartworms.

Understanding the rise of heartworm incidence is crucial for protecting our beloved pets. By staying informed about the risks and taking preventive measures, such as administering heartworm preventives as recommended by veterinarians, we can help reverse these concerning trends. Don’t wait until it’s too late – take proactive steps to safeguard your pet’s health today.

Remember, preventing heartworms is easier and safer than treating them. Together, we can make a difference in combating heartworm disease and ensuring our pets lead happy, healthy lives. Call us on (410)256-0742 to discuss heartworm testing and prevention options for your pet or click here to request an appointment.

For more information and resources about heartworm you can visit the American Heartworm Society:

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