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Where Did Heartworms Come From?
Where did heart worms come from? We always had dogs, alwasy 2 or 3 (pinters & English Setters) for quial hunting when I was growing up. My Dad had always had dogs. Most of ours lived to be 11 or older..despite living out doors, eating plain old Purina dog chow and only getting distemper and rabies shots, not all had distemper shots.
I watched the two "indoor dogs" next door die of heart worms and we never had a dog with those symptoms ---gasping for breath, only able to walk a few steps before collapsing, etc. when I was a kid. First time we ever heard of heartworms was early 70's when my dad's elderly setter, Commander was diagnosed with them and treated with arsenic. In a couple of days he was totally blind and then died. Our dogs hunted til they died. Many had arthritis with old age, but still wanted to hunt and did so. Mack was 15 when he finally passed.
But the thing is, we had never heard of them, and nobody we knew lost their dogs like the two next door. Were heartworms not around all those years ago? If not, where did they come from. I donate to a 3 different rescues--one in Florida, one in Calfi. and one here in Texas and get newsletters from them all. It is unbelieveable the amount of heart worm positive dogs that are turned in to them. Heck, my Honey had them went we adopted her.
Anyone have the answeres?
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