Dirofilaria immitis, the heartworm or dog heartworm, is a parasitic roundworm that is a type of In cases involving heavy worm burden, adult heartworms may migrate to the right heart and the pulmonary artery. Heartworm infection may result in.
The cat is an atypical host for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Cats with adult heartworms typically have just one to three.
It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the.
In an infected dog, adult female heartworms release their offspring, called microfilariae, into the dog's bloodstream. When a mosquito bites the.