Although heartworm in Australia was once considered mainly a problem of tropical and subtropical coastal regions, in recent decades it has become increasingly prevalent in Victoria.
Over 30 species of animals can be infected with the heartworm, including cats, foxes, ferrets, and in extremely rare cases, humans. One recent study found 7% of foxes in the Melbourne region carry heartworm.
And because the worm’s eggs are borne by mosquitoes, your pet doesn’t need to come into contact with an infected animal to contract heartworm.
The condition can be extremely serious and often deadly. We strongly recommend that dog owners consider putting a preventative anti-heartworm regime in place for them.
Talk to us at Clyde Veterinary Hospital about an effective anti-heartworm regime for your pet, based on their unique needs and circumstances.