Most of us know about warm-weather related health hazards when it comes to our pets, but colder weather comes with its own set of potential problems. To insure your furry friends can enjoy our Minnesota winter, here are some tips to keep them safe and healthy this season.
Heartworm disease is found in many areas of the world, including the United States. It is a serious disease that can be fatal, even with treatment. It is caused by worms that can grow up to a foot long, and live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of affected animals.
Most dogs infected with heartworms do not show any signs for a long time. Eventually, as the disease progresses, the animal may exhibit such signs as coughing, weakness, shortness of breath, and exercise intolerance.