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Every dog, 6 months and older, is tested for heartworm at the originating shelter upon intake. Your dog was tested NEGATIVE using a Snap Test.
Heartworm is transmitted by a mosquito bite and it takes up to 6 months for it to grow to detectable levels. That means your dog can test negative today and positive tomorrow. It will depend on the stage of the disease.
We do not cover the costs of Heartworm Treatment after adoption. We recommend you enroll on pet insurance if adopting an adult dog. Heartworm tests are recommended every six months.
Heartworm is not contagious to humans or other pets. It is transmitted from one dog to another via an infected mosquito. Heartworm treatment can be expensive and will vary from 1 to 4 thousand dollars depending on the vet and weight of the dog.
Heartworm can be prevented by a monthly medication like Heartguard, Simparica Trio and others.
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