Officials urge Wisconsin families to exercise caution when adopting pets after Harvey

Officials urge Wisconsin families to exercise caution when adopting pets after Harvey

After a massive uptick in dog adoptions from regions affected by Hurricane Harvey, officials urge prospective adoptive families to be cautious when welcoming new pets into their homes.

According to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, dogs coming up from Texas may suffer from heartworm, a parasitic infection that can seriously hurt or kill infected animals.

According to Dr. Yvonne Bellay of the DATCP, heartworm is especially prevalent in the southeastern United States, so any family adopting a dog from Texas is urged to take the animal to a vet immediately.

According to the release, if the tests come back positive, owners should be prepared to face costs between $400 and $1,000 on average.

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