Shocking Video Shows Heartworms Being Removed, Dog Survives

ATLANTA – An Atlanta dog is back at BluePearl – Georgia Veterinary Specialists today for a scheduled recheck after he recently underwent surgery to have heartworms removed at the same specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Atlanta on Feb. 21.

Heartworms were removed in a delicate surgery.

ATLANTA – Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Atlanta, removed heartworms from a 7-year-old dachshund mix named Rosco on Feb 21. (BluePearl veterinary Partners Photo – Feb. 21, 2014.)


Video released by BluePearl shows the heartworms being removed from a 7-year-old male dachshund mix, named Rosco.

Rosco was rescued from a local animal control shelter and is currently being cared for by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, based in Georgia.

Rosco had surgery to remove heartworms

ATLANTA – Dr. Nicole Piscitelli, a board-certified veterinary cardiologist with BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Atlanta, holds Rosco, a 7-year-old dachshund mix. Piscitelli removed heartworms from Rosco on Feb. 21 . (BluePearl Veterinary Partners Photo)

“The good news for Rosco is that he is expected to make a full recovery, but it’s important to remember that heartworms are entirely preventable,” said Dr. Nicole Piscitelli, a board-certified veterinary cardiologist with BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “We hope that by getting this information out there, more people will talk to their family veterinarians about making sure their pets are receiving the proper preventative medicine.”

Heartworms are deadly, parasitic round worms, which are spread by mosquitoes. They can affect dogs, cats and other small animals. As they grow, they infiltrate the heart and the lungs. If left untreated, they will cause death.

“Maintaining monthly heartworm prevention will not only protect your pet from these parasites, but is also a much more effective and cheaper alternative than treating existing heartworms,” Piscitelli said.

Rosco is expected to make a full recovery and he will be available for adoption once he is medically fit.

Anyone interested in adopting Rosco should apply at

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.