LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Heartworm disease is one of the major health problems of dogs in the United States and it's especially prevalent in the South.
The disease develops when a pet becomes infected with parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
According to the American Heartworm Society, dogs may be infected by a few or up to several hundred heartworms. Cats are similarly infected although usually by only a few worms. Heartworm infection often leads to severe lung disease and heart failure and can damage other organs in the body as well.
This month in our Joey's Community Mews segment, Sandy Moore with Little Rock Animal Village is talking about heartworm prevention. And she brought a four-legged friend with her to help discuss this serious issue. Check out the video!