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Heartworm and your pet: What you should know.

One of the most common diseases pet owners hear about is heartworm disease. In Memphis and across the southeastern United States, heartworm disease is incredibly common. In fact, approximately 50% of dogs that enter the shelter system in Memphis are heartworm positive. While you’ve likely heard of heartworms, you may not know a lot about this dangerous disease. Dr. Manspeaker, the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County’s resident veterinarian, has important information to share that will help you keep your animal safe from heartworms. What is heartworm disease and how is it transmitted? According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, heartworm disease is a parasitic infection that mostly impacts dogs, cats and ferrets. It is a vector-borne disease, which means it is spread through contact with an organism that carries the disease. In the case of heartworms, mosquitoes carry heartworm larvae and transmit them into an animal’s bloodstream when they’re bitten by an infected mosquito. After the larvae enter the animal’s bloodstream, they travel throughout the body until they reach the animal’s lungs. Once there, the larvae mature and... Read More
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Interested in Some Quaran-training? Introducing our Pet Education Series!

During these days of staying safer-at-home and working remotely, many of us have gotten to know our pets better than... Read More
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Vet Clinic Spotlight – Animals in our Care During COVID-19

While we have adjusted our operations at the Humane Society in response to COVID-19, we continue to serve animals in... Read More

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