Hurricane Katrina helped spread heartworm disease, expert says

The rates of heartworm disease have drastically increased in the U.S. over the past five years, an aftereffect of Hurricane Katrina, says Dr. Tracy Dewhirst. She writes that vets estimate 60% of the dogs that were rescued from the Gulf Coast during the hurricane had heartworms, becoming reservoirs for disease transmission. Owners are advised to keep their pets on preventive heartworm treatments to curb further disease spread.

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