GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) An easily preventable disease is hurting an ever-growing number of pets in Mesa County.
Local vets say they're seeing more and more cases of heartworms, a potentially fatal disease.
Just one skipped dosage of heartworm prevention can big problems for your beloved family pet and prevention medication can appear expensive, but vets warn not to be misled.
"Most people buy like a 6 month supply and that takes the cost down maybe like 5-6 bucks a month," says veterinarian, Dr. Justin Seely. "That's very cheap versus spending a lot of money to treat the disease."
Heartworms are blood parasites transmitted to your dog through a mosquito bite that can lead to severe weight loss, lethargy, coughing and even heart failure.
Veterinarians say blood tests should be done once a year during routine exams to ensure that they haven't been infected.