While the disease is not common in Santa Cruz County, a hot-spot of persistent cases has been discovered in the Boulder Creek/Zayante area of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Dogs living in that area should be tested for heartworms and then treated or placed on heartworm preventive medication, as recommended by your vet. The outbreak is not large enough to show up on this progressive heartworm incidence map.
Dr. Burtch uses a heartworm preventative monthly with her dog. All dog owners should consider it, if only because prevention iHeartworms found after the death of the animal. See why prevention and treatment matter?
s so much less expensive than curing the heartworm disease. Ask your vet.
Link to the American Heartworm Society as referred to by Dr. Burtch.
The barking dog heard on the podcast (several times) is my mixed-breed friend, Scruffy.