Grab a sheet of paper or a notepad and take the American Heartworm Society’s heartworm quiz. Answer each question True or False.
1. My dog can get heartworms from playing with another dog that has heartworms.
2. Heartworm disease isn’t a concern for my cat.
3. Heartworms mate inside infected dogs.
4. Heartworm treatment costs about the same as prevention.
5. Heartworm disease threatens pets nationwide.
6. Heartworms live up to 6 months in dogs.
7. Once dogs have been treated for heartworm infections, they’re immune to future infection.
8. The American Heartworm Society recommends year-round prevention against heartworms for dogs, cats, and ferrets.
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Answers for eReaders
- False. Heartworms can only be spread between pets through the bit of an infected mosquito.
- False. Not only can cats die from heartworm infection, there is no approved treatment if they become infected.
- True. Mature heartworms living in the pulmonary arteries of dogs mate and reproduce there.
- False. A year’s worth of heartworm preventative costs a fraction of the cost of treatment.
- True. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states.
- False. Heartworms can live up to 3 years in cats and up to 7 years in dogs.
- False. Dogs can become infected over and over if they are not put on heartworm preventative.
- True. Because heartworm “season” is so difficult to predict, year-round prevention is the best option for pets.