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Banfield Names Worst States for Fleas, Heartworms

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How’s the flea and tick situation in your home state? Do you think it ranks as one of the worst in the country? (Ours does!)

Banfield Pet Hospital has released the national ranking of states with the most cases of seasonal parasites including fleas, ticks, and heartworms. Fleas and ticks can transmit serious diseases that infect dogs, cats and humans, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tapeworms and more.

The states with the most cases of fleas on dogs are:

  1. Florida
  2. South Carolina
  3. Alabama
  4. Oregon & Louisiana
  5. Washington, Georgia & Texas
  6. California
  7. Ohio
  8. Virginia
  9. New York
  10. Michigan

(And if you’re curious about the worst states for fleas on cats, check our CatTipper post.)

Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and ranks highest in Southeastern states where mosquitoes are most prevalent. Heartworm is potentially fatal in pets, but it’s completely preventable!

The states with the most cases of heartworm are:

  1. Missouri
  2. Arkansas
  3. Louisiana
  4. Alabama
  5. South Carolina
  6. Georgia
  7. Oklahoma
  8. North Carolina
  9. Tennessee
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  • Alison Graham

    I found your list from Banfield Pet Hospital very interesting – I was reading on the website heartwormtreatment-fordogs.com that many vets are already reporting seeing as many cases of dogs infected with heartworm up to May of this year as they saw in the whole of 2011. I hope this encourages more pet owners to get their dogs on a preventative program – it is a subject I feel passionate about – especially as the shortage of Immiticide (made by Merial) has resulted in many infected dogs having to wait for treatment until stocks could be shipped in from Europe.