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True or False? Test Your Heartworm Knowledge

This slide show from the American Heartworm Society separates the truth from the myths about heartworm disease in pets.

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True or False? Test Your Heartworm Knowledge

  1. 1. TRUE or FALSE? Test YOUR Heartworm Knowledge!
  2. 2. 1. TRUE or FALSE? My dog can get heartworms from playing with another dog that has them.
  3. 3. 1. FALSE. Heartworms can ONLY be spread between pets through the bite of an infected mosquito.
  4. 4. 2. TRUE or FALSE? I don’t need to be concerned about my cat getting heartworm disease.
  5. 5. 2. FALSE. Not only can cats DIE from heartworm infections, there is NO approved treatment if they become infected.
  6. 6. 3. TRUE or FALSE? Heartworms mate inside infected dogs.
  7. 7. 3. TRUE. Mature heartworms living in the pulmonary arteries of dogs MATE and REPRODUCE there.
  8. 8. 4. TRUE or FALSE? Heartworm treatment costs about the same as prevention.
  9. 9. 4. FALSE. A year’s worth of heartworm preventive costs a FRACTION of the cost of treatment.
  10. 10. 5. TRUE or FALSE? Heartworm disease threatens pets nationwide.
  11. 11. 5. TRUE. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in ALL 50 STATES.
  12. 12. 6. TRUE or FALSE? Heartworms live for no more than 6 months in pets.
  13. 13. 6. FALSE. Heartworms can live for up to 3 YEARS in cats and up to 7 YEARS in dogs.
  14. 14. 7. TRUE or FALSE? Once dogs have been treated for heartworms, they’re immune to future infections.
  15. 15. 7. FALSE. Dogs can become infected OVER and OVER if they aren’t put on heartworm preventive.
  16. 16. 8. TRUE or FALSE? The American Heartworm Society recommends year- round heartworm prevention for dogs, cats and ferrets.
  17. 17. 8. TRUE. Because heartworm “season” is so difficult to predict, YEAR-ROUND prevention is the best option for pets.
  18. 18. How did YOU score? For more information, visit www.heartwormsociety.org