Can I Catch Heartworms From My Dog?

Heartworm infection is a serious but preventable disease that can affect people and their pets. The heartworm parasite is spread from dog to dog by mosquitoes, so any dog can become infected with heartworms in areas where the parasite is common. Dogs are the primary hosts of heartworms, but cats and other species of animals can also be infected with heartworms.

Heartworm infections are very common.

Heartworm is a parasite that lives in the heart and lungs of dogs. It’s spread by mosquitoes, which carry the larvae of this worm when they bite an infected animal. Heartworm is most common in dogs, but cats can also get it if they spend time outdoors or live on large properties where mosquitoes are prevalent.

Heartworm has been around for a long time; its history goes back to ancient Egypt, where it was known as mawazit al-kafur (the disease of stupefaction). In the 19th century, however, it became known as “heart disease” because it caused tremors and paralysis in infected dogs—symptoms that resembled those caused by heart disease in humans at that time.

Heartworms in your dog can affect you.

Heartworms can be transmitted to humans. They can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that transmit heartworm are found throughout most of the continental United States, except for Alaska and Hawaii. A person who is bitten by a mosquito carrying heartworms can become infected with this disease if they have not been previously infected with heartworms or otherwise immunized against them.

If you have been bitten by a mosquito carrying heartworms, it may take several months before you develop any symptoms associated with infection.

You cannot catch heartworms from your pet.

You cannot catch heartworms from your pet. This is because the parasite that causes heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes and not through direct contact with another animal, human or otherwise. Heartworm prevention medications are effective, safe and affordable for dogs of all sizes, regardless of breed or age. Additionally, these medications are easy to administer—simply give them to your dog each month at the same time as his/her other monthly vaccinations!

Treatment options for heartworm infections are limited.

If a heartworm infection is caught early and treated, the prognosis is good. But treatment options are limited.

Antibiotics aren’t effective against the worms’ larvae stage, so they won’t help to remove a heartworm infection. The only way to expel adult heartworms is through surgery or medication that can kill them in their adult stage.

Heartworm treatments can be expensive and have side effects, including an allergic reaction in some people who take them (the most common side effect), according to the American Heartworm Society (AHS). The AHS reports that some drugs may cause liver damage, kidney damage and bone marrow disease when given for long periods of time; other drugs may cause vomiting and diarrhea; still others might cause seizures or muscle tremors, among other complications.

Symptoms of heartworm disease may not appear right away.

It’s important to note that symptoms of heartworm disease may not appear right away. In fact, in most cases, symptoms don’t start until after a few months of infection.

In some cases, symptoms will only start appearing when the heartworm is dying or has been killed by treatment. This is because as soon as the parasitic worm dies in your dog’s body, its body tissue can release substances that cause inflammation and irritation. You may see signs such as coughing or labored breathing from fluid building up in their lungs; vomiting due to irritation from dead parasites blocking the gastrointestinal tract; diarrhea from blockage of your pet’s intestines; fever caused by an allergic reaction or inflammatory response; or even paralysis due to spinal cord inflammation resulting from dead worms lodging themselves there.

Symptoms of heartworm disease may be vague.

Once there, they grow up to 6 inches long and live inside your dog’s chest cavity for the rest of its life—a year for males and up to seven years for females! Female worms can lay several hundred thousand eggs per day during this time period; these eggs travel throughout your dog’s body via blood flow until they reach other organs like lungs, liver or kidneys where they further develop before eventually being expelled from its body as feces along with other waste products from digestion such as bile salts (which help break down fats).

Heartworm disease may cause no symptoms at all but some common ones include coughing difficulty breathing lethargy loss of appetite weight loss vomiting diarrhea dull coat dry skin

Heartworm prevention medications should be given year-round, with no breaks or missed doses!

Heartworm prevention medications are the only way to prevent heartworm infections. These medications are safe, effective, and easy to use. Heartworm prevention medications should be given year-round, with no breaks or missed doses!

Talk to your vet about testing and preventing heartworms today!

If you are concerned about heartworm infection, talk to your vet. There are several different ways to protect your dog from heartworm infection. Heartworm medication is safe and effective, but it must be given year-round. If a dog stops taking heartworm medication for any reason, the infection can return quickly.

Heartworm prevention medications are not harmful to humans or other pets. When administered as prescribed by a veterinarian, these drugs pose no risk of harm or toxicity in either animals or people.


We know that your dog is a big part of your family and that you want to keep him or her healthy. Fortunately, heartworm prevention is easy and affordable, so you can protect your pet without a lot of hassle. We hope this guide has helped answer some questions about heartworms and how to prevent them.