Can chicken get heartworms like a dog can?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by naakte, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. naakte

    naakte Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Branson, missouri
    I am so new to chickens, but I do want to give my best to my chicken raising efforts. I cant find a thing on if a chicken can get heartworms. Hoping to find out here.
    Donna in Branson
  2. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2011
    Crazyville, USA
    I am no expert but I really don't think they can. Dogs and cats are susceptible but never heard of a chicken having heartworm. They can get lots of other worms though.
  3. BoldViolet

    BoldViolet Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    From what I recall from when I worked at a vet, heartworms are almost exclusive to dogs. Cats get them, but not as often or as easily as dogs. Those are the only animals I personally know of that can get heartworms.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011

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