Tag heartworm preventive

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…

False Positive, False Negative

Run a test. Get a result. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it. However, the wicket gets sticky when you realize that every test we run requires interpretation. Few are simply “yes” or “no,” “black” or “white.” When results are dramatically different…

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.…

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…

Avermectin Safety In Dogs

Sammi Jo, RAHT*, writes from Central Alberta, Canada, “Hey Dr. Randolph! So I had a question today from a client at the clinic I work at, and it had to do with Revolution (selamectin) Topical Dewormer. A client who was told…

Conserving Immiticide For Canine Heartworm Treatment

Editor’s Note:  As of December, 2011, Immiticide was again available through Merial’s European source. Recently, Merial announced that the only FDA-approved heartworm treatment medication, Immiticide, had become completely unavailable. Previously, we received word from Merial that the medication was in…