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Heartworm Disease

Can you believe there are veterinarians across the country that have never seen a case of Heartworm disease before? Heartworm disease is rampant in the south and the Greater New Orleans region is no exception. Spread by mosquitos, Heartworm disease affects a large portion of all animals that come to the Louisiana SPCA. On average, the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic treats roughly 130 dogs each year for heartworms.

The cost for treatment varies depending on the veterinarian but can be very costly. Because Heartworm disease is so prevalent in the south and a large number of our animals have Heartworms, a dedicated group of volunteers raise money all year long to help cover the cost. Thanks to them if you adopt a Heartworm positive dog from the Louisiana SPCA we provide treatment at our Community Clinic at no cost. Consider donating today to help treat Heartworm positive dogs in the New Orleans community.


About Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and heart of cats, dogs and other mammals. All cats and dogs are susceptible to infection and in rare circumstances, Heartworms have even been found in humans. 

Heartworm disease is completely preventable and treatment is safe and inexpensive! Some treatment options include chewable tablets, topicals or injections.  The key is to provide Heartworm preventatives properly and on a timely schedule each month. As a pet owner it is your responsibility to faithfully maintain the prevention program you select during a consultation with your veterinarian.  

While Heartworm disease can be successfully treated in dogs, there is currently no treatment for cats. The cost for treatment varies depending on the veterinarian but can be very costly. 

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