The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : DC Ranks 2nd in Top 10 Cities for Prevalence of Heartworms in Pets The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : DC Ranks 2nd in Top 10 Cities for Prevalence of Heartworms in Pets

Sunday, August 18, 2019

DC Ranks 2nd in Top 10 Cities for Prevalence of Heartworms in Pets


The D.C. area ranks second in the nation out of 200 metropolitan cities examined for cases of heartworm disease among pets, according to a report by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Washington comes in behind Moreno Valley, California, on the list and above Newark, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the top five.

Craig Prior, past CAPC president, says that the organization has seen a 20% rise in cases of heartworm disease nationally in the last five years.

“When we’re seeing these spikes in the prevalence rates in places like D.C. and other areas where you normally won’t see large numbers of heartworms, we realize that there’s something going on here that you need to be aware of and that you need to talk to your veterinarian because your dog has got the potential to be exposed,” said Prior, who has been a veterinarian for more than 35 years.

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