What is Heartworm?

Heartworm is a parasite. Adult heartworms live in and clog a dog’s heart, pulmonary arteries and blood vessels. Adult heartworm causes heartworm disease – a potentially fatal condition that impairs the operation of the heart and reduces blood flow to other important organs such as the lungs, liver and kidneys.

Heartworm infestation may lead to heart failure and sudden death.

Canine Heartworm was first diagnosed over 100 years ago. It is widely recognised throughout the world as one of the major health issues facing pets and pet owners today.

Breaking the Cycle

Valuheart prevents heartworm disease in dogs by eliminating the parasite during the developmental stage in the muscle and fatty tissue. Ensure you visit your veterinarian before starting any heartworm medication.

Facts about heartworm and heartworm disease

  • Heartworm is a long slender worm that can grow up to 30cm in length.
  • Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes.
  • ALL dogs are at risk of contracting heartworm disease regardless of their breed, age, sex or habitat.
  • Heartworm disease is dangerous. Untreated dogs will die, and treated dogs can go through weeks of discomfort while the worms are made inactive.
  • Whilst diagnosis is simple, further testing, such as X-Rays, and treatment can be expensive. Treatment often requires hospitalisation, medication and I.V. fluids. In severe cases, some dogs may require surgery.
  • Heartworm infestation and disease is completely preventable. Prevention is better than cure.