Sadly, Southeast Corgi Rescue has become all too familiar with the high canine heartworm infection rates in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. We know the faces of those infected all too well, because, all too often, we become caregivers for rescued dogs with Canine Heartworm Disease and have to watch them go through the treatments to rid their bodies of the disease.
These are the face of our current rescues in foster and receiving treatment for heartworm disease.
Heartworm is a parasite that, literally, lives in the heart of man’s best friend and is spread through mosquitos bites. Heartworm disease exists in all 50 states, but is most prevalent where mosquitos thrive in the warm, moist environments of southern and southeastern US. Although heartworms can live in other mammals, their preferred hosts are dogs, foxes, coyotes, and wolfs.
If you are a dog owner please learn about Canine Heartworm Disease (we have some great basic information on our website HERE) and talk to your veterinarian about annual testing and the best preventative to keep your dog safe from infection at home and while traveling.
Please, give your dog its best chance at a long and heathy life.