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    Heartworms transmittng to baby ?
    MSettle78 posted:
    I have a 5 month old, I am babysitting a dog for 5 days during Christmas. This dog is heartworm positive. I am a volunteer for PItbulls and I am taking the dog in because her foster home is going on vacation. The dog will be undergoing treatment in a couple weeks, but she will still have it when I have her. I have 2 dogs myself that are both on preventives. My question is I know my dogs can't get it because they are on the preventives but is there anyway this dog could pass it to my infant ?
    Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
    Heartworm is a disease that is transmitted by mosquitos. It is not a condition that can be contracted by people. With a baby in the home, be sure your dogs are up to date on their internal and external parasite control....monthly medications are the best. And as mom always said, be sure to wash your hands after playing with the dogs...especially before you tend to your baby.
    Dr Bernadine Cruz

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