Heartworm Treatment Program

LACAC Heartworm Prevention Program

Have A Heart - Save A Heart

We do not want heartworms to be a barrier to adopting a shelter dog. To help increase adoptions and ease the costs associated with heartworm treatment, LACAC developed a program allowing animal lovers in our community and beyond to sponsor treatment for heartworm afflicted dogs. At any given time, 6% of dogs tested on average at LACAC have heartworms, and that is often a deterrent for adopters due to the price tag associated with the disease. 

It is the hope of LACAC that in removing the financial barriers, heartworm positive dogs will be adopted based on their personalities, rather than turned away due to financial hurdles. 

What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm is a parasitic roundworm that is spread from host to host through the bites of mosquitoes. When a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, the transmitted larvae mature into adult heartworms. They then begin reproducing in the heart, lungs and surrounding blood vessels.

Heartworm disease can be fatal if left untreated, though it is a curable disease once contracted. It is also highly preventable. LACAC recommends proactive care through heartworm preventative medication. 

Common Misconceptions  
  • People cannot get heartworms from their dogs. It’s a specific parasite that affects only dogs and occasionally cats.
  • Dogs cannot transmit heartworms to each other. Only a bite from an infected mosquito can transmit the disease.
  • Heartworm disease can be avoided by treating your dog with heartworm preventatives either topically, by pill or via injections. 
  • A dog can get heartworm disease even after he or she has been successfully treated and cured. That’s why prevention is so crucial.
How Do I Become a Heartworm Treatment Sponsor?
A full sponsorship for one dog to get treatment is $390.53, however any contribution is helpful. At the time of adoption the heartworm medication will be given to and administered by the adopters Veterinarian. Contact the Animal Care and Adoption Center for more info 903-297-PETS (7387).