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How rare are heartworms and how does a dog get them?
Alaina from Lynchburg, VA
According to my vet they are not at all rare in the US , in fact they are fairly widespread. They are transmitted through mosquito bites. Don't think your dogs fur will protect him or her, they can still be bitten. I had a dog once who died of heartworms (I had never heard of them before) it wasn't a nice way for him to go. I now protect my dogs religiously.
Heartworm is deadly!
It is also completely preventable. A monthly dose of Heartguard or similar heartworm preventative only costs about $6....That sure beats the treatment which is very painful for the dog and can run into thousands of dollars.
Heart worms are not rare and they WILL kill a dog if left untreated.
Heart worms are from mosquitos and like one poster said, a dog's hair cannot protect him from being bitten. Please get your dog treated asap.