As we find ourselves in the middle of the summer season, pet owners are taking their furry friend out for walks nearly everyday to keep them happy and healthy. With these extra walks pet owners should keep in mind that we are rolling right into heartworm season for dogs. The heartworm is a parasite that is commonly transmitted from host to host by mosquitoes. When the parasite has found a host it will begin growing inside the blood vessels, lungs and heart of the dog and could cause heart disease. Heartworms are a health concern for dogs in Indiana. Treatment of heartworms includes giving your dogs a monthly preventative. In severe cases dogs must undergo an expensive treatment and wait for the worms to clear from the blood stream naturally. For more information on heartworms you can call West Central Veterinary services at (765) 301-4369.