How can heartworm be transmitted to dogs?

Dogs get heartworm disease via a bite from an infected mosquito. The microfilariae, or baby worms, spread and mature within the dog. Heartworm disease is not contagious, meaning that a dog cannot catch the disease from being near an infected dog. Heartworm disease is only spread through the bite of a mosquito. Inside a dog, a heartworm’s lifespan is 5 to 7 years.

More information can be located at Heartworms in Dogs: Facts and Myths (webmd.com)

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