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GET DOG TESTED FOR HEARTWORM

The Humane Society of Utah is offering testing and medication for canine heartworm disease as the warm-weather season for the often-fatal affliction approaches. Charges are $16 for the test and from $8 to $20 for a six-month supply of medication, depending on the size of the dog.

Mosquito-borne parasites trigger the disease, which is carried by larvae that enter animals through mosquito bites. After some months, the larvae migrate to the dog's heart, where they mature and eventually cause congestive heart failure.The Humane Society notes the disease has reached epidemic proportions in most states east of Colorado and that it is moving west.