Category Heartworm

Feline Heartworm Disease Myths Busted

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At the Central Veterinary Conference in Washington, D.C., in May, 2013, Kristin MacDonald, D.V.M., PhD, DACVIM (cardiology), co-author of Feline Cardiology (Wiley-Blackwell), addressed 11 fallacies practitioners encounter in an effort to ensure more cats are protected with heartworm preventives year-round.  DVMNewsmagazine has…

Slow-Kill And Fast-Kill Heartworm Treatment

A bold divide exists among veterinarians on the topic of how to rid dogs’ bodies of heartworms. Few lack passion for this subject. “Slow kill” or “fast kill?” Traditional “fast kill” heartworm treatment which, by the way, is not particularly…

Heartworm Disease IS A Big Deal!

“My previous veterinarian didn’t act like heartworms were any big deal, that’s why Sharkie wasn’t on a heartworm preventive. Now, thanks to you, I know better!” Sadly, we veterinarians must not be doing the quality and quantity of client education…

Rarity Of Microfilarial Reactions In Cats

Mrs. Jones, in the clinic for her cat Wilson’s semiannual examination, asked, “Dr. Randolph, when our dog Phred missed a dose of heartworm preventive last year, he had to have a heartworm test before he could take his preventive again.…

February Heartworm Preventive Schedule

Repeatedly we have made the point that heartworm preventives are monthly medications. They are not every 33 days medications. They are not every 34 days medications. They are not every six weeks medications! Periodically, then, they question comes up, “Should…

Veterinarians As Educators

There is no more important role of your veterinarian than that of educator.   Yes, we can fix things, and yes, when there is an emergency we have to remember our ABCs: Airway, Breathing, Cardiopulmonary. After the dust settles and…

Tale Of A Dog With No Heartworms

How does such a thing happen? This little dog came to me Monday, having never seen a veterinarian in her life. And she’s 10 years old. And her fecal flotation is negative for intestinal parasites. And her heartworm test is…