Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
Strongly supports Heart worm testing and treatment
A direct mesage from the FDA:
Heartworm disease is a serious disease that results in severe lung
heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs, cats, and
It is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis.
The worms are spread through the bite of a mosquito. The dog is the
meaning that the worms mature into adults, mate, and produce offspring while
living inside a dog.
The mosquito is the intermediate host, meaning that the worms live inside a
for a short transition period in order to become infective (able to cause
The worms are called “heartworms” because the adults live in the heart,
associated blood vessels of an infected animal.
All VGSR dogs are required to be both tested, and kept on Heart Worm
It is part of our contract with all adopters.