Baby Heartworms - Video

Posted by Aaron

Friday, October 9, 2009

I had a heartworm positive dog come see me today. We checked for microfilaria (baby heartworms) and in one drop of blood there were dozens of them. I shot a couple of quick videos. The little worms are easy to spot. They literally are little round worms and they wiggle just like an earthworm. All of the red dots around them are red blood cells. Some of the red cells are stuck together, but on one video it is easier to make out individual red cells. The worm is just a bit thinner than the diameter of a red blood cell.