Heartworm is as scary as it sounds- worms that live inside hearts! Heartworm disease can kill dingoes, but thankfully it is preventable.
HOW CAN DINGOES GET HEARTWORM?
Due to the stress that adult worms have on a dingo's heart, there are often clinical signs of heart disease or heart failure such as:
TESTING FOR HEARTWORM
Vets can test for heartworm in your dingo by conducting:
Heartworm can be treated, but it carries risks for your dingo and there is no guarantee of success. Your dingo may need a series of arsenic-based injections, or even surgery, to remove the adult worms from their heart. As with most of these sorts of things, prevention is better than cure.
Heartworm can be prevented by starting your dingo on heartworm prevention treatment from 12 weeks of age. A range of options are available including monthly chew-tablets, spot on applications and annual injections. Talk to your vet about the different heartworm prevention options available for your dingo.
To discover the risks of heartworm, watch the video below.