How to prevent heartworm disease

Vaccinations, de-worming treatments and flea and tick preventive medications ensure that family pets stay healthy and safe. But one of the diseases transmissible in the pet population is on the rise locally.
Heartworm, an infection of the heart, lungs and bloodstream by the species of worms called Dirofilaria immitis, has been increasing in incidence locally in both dogs and cats over the past several years.
In 2009, only seven reported positive cases were reported in Ventura County, but in 201...

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