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Heartworm facts in New Mexico

There are many misconceptions about heartworm disease in New Mexico.  It is a parasite that does not discriminate between inside/ outside dogs or long/ short hair as it often bites on the nose.  The cost of treating heartworms ranges anywhere from $1000-1500.00.  The course of treatment is 7 months with restricted activity for 4 months and is hard on the patient.  The good news is, it is very easy to prevent.  You just need to confirm they are negative with a simple blood test which cost about 34.00, then start prevention which ranges from about $36-80 for a  6 month supply depending on patient size.  We recommend that they are on prevention year around.  Schedule an appointment today to get your four legged friend tested and on prevention.

Below are some facts from New Mexico State Health.        IMG_20110311_161427.jpg

Heartworm facts in New Mexico:

Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a serious, sometimes fatal 
disease affecting all breeds of dogs.
Humans can also become infected, but the worms are unable 
to develop or mature because humans are not their natural 
Though there are several general of mosquitoes that transmit 
heartworms, Aedes Vexans have the greatest potential for 
Migration of several miles from the breeding site towards city 
lights has been observed.

Mosquito Eggs
1. Laid singly in depressions in soil subject to flooding or 
inudation with rain or melting snow, or above the waterline 
in artificial containers or tree holes.
2. Serve as the overwintering stage.
3. May lie dormant in dry soil for up to five years.
Eggs may require a period of desiccation (drying out) and/or 
4. May hatch within a few hours when area re-floods if 
conditions are favorable. 

Mosquito Larvae
1. Common in temporary pools of rain or snowmelt runoff, 
irrigation wastewater, inundated floodplains or pastures, 
roadside ditches, anlong margins of streams, and artifical 
containers and tree holes.
2. Egg hatch to adult may be completed in 10-14 days in warm 

Adult Female Mosquito
1. Fierce, aggressive biters.
2. Rest during the day, but will bite if distrubed and on cloudy 
3. Most active in the evening.  
4. Difficult to see
5. Long range flight has been recorded up to 100 miles.  
6. Dispersal from breeding site is influenced by terrrain, wind 
speed and direction.
7. May produce several generations per year.
8. Common throughout the state. 

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September 28, 2019