Heartworms in pets are more commonly found in the southern part of the country; however, there were six confirmed cases in Sheridan last year. While that number may not be large, it does indicate that the parasite is becoming more common in our area. Dr. Karen Serres with Moxey Schreiber Veterinary Clinic explains that heartworms can be very damaging to dogs and cats alike.
Serres says that there are preventive measures that can be taken by pet owners.
Serres said that even if you are giving your dog medication to prevent heartworms, it's still a good idea to have them checked annually.