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If you get a dog, your life will be improved in so many waysdue to the time spent loving them (and they will love you back), playing withthem or walking the men's best friend. They will love you unconditionally, butwe have to return this love and care about our canine friend. Dog has to behappy and healthy and we have to make sure of this. One of the problems a dogmay suffer from is heartworms and in the following text we will focus on thisproblem in order to educate you so you can provide better care for your dog.

Heartworm

Casts and dogs can be struck by this issue, which is actually a parasitic wormthat enters the body via mosquitoes and produces a lot of damage. Cats and insome cases humans were attacked by this worm, but dogs are the ones who sufferfrom this problem in much greater extent. They will house in the lungs,arteries and heart of a dog, and stay there for 6 to 7 months, which is enoughtime for this parasitic worm to inflict a lot of damage and problems.

Causes

As we have said in the previous lines of thetext, mosquitoes are the carriers of the parasitic worm, so the best chances ofcontracting the issue in question have dogs who spend their time out from thehouse and in the outdoors. The coat of the dog is the place where the larva isplaced after the bite from the infected mosquito. Then the larva stays in theskin and forms into a worm. The size of this parasitic worm can be great andsome have even reached the size of a foot. Additional damage will be inflicted by theheartworm created by the parasitic worm already in the skin of a dog since they stick inside the blood vessels and cause even more damage to the lungs andblood circulation. The detection of the problem is difficult due to fact theycan stay inside the dog without the owner even knowing it. They can even stay solong that once they are detected, there is nothing that can be done for thedog. But the treatment results will be influenced by several factors, such asthe number of heartworms, health of a dog and others. Nervousness, coughing,fainting, short and heavy breathing, sever weight loss, loss of energyand loss of appetite are the most common symptoms of heartworm among dogs.Another problem that these worms can cause is heart failure.

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