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Heartworm Diagnostics: Antigen Tests Alone Aren’t Enough

Heartworm Diagnostics: Antigen Tests Alone Aren’t Enough

How reliable are patient-side heartworm antigen tests? Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Lindsay Starkey explains.

The States of Heartworm Incidence

The States of Heartworm Incidence

What does the latest AHS survey say about heartworm incidence? Dr. Chris Duke explains.

Hit the Reset Button on your Client Education Program

Hit the “Reset” Button on your Client Education Program

How should I educate my clients about heartworm prevention this spring? Dr. Chris Duke shares tips.

What’s the Protocol?

What’s the Protocol?

bsoMarisa Ames,DVM, DACVIM (cardiology)
Associate Professor
Colorado State University,
College Of Veterinary Medicine

Managing Dogs with Severe Heartworm Disease

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Managing Dogs with Severe Heartworm Disease

Fortunately, most infected dogs have no clinical signs or only mild signs of heartworm disease (HWD) and tend to undergo adulticide therapy with few major complications. The likelihood of complications associated with HWD increases with the chronicity of infection. Prognosis is dependent on stabilization, the ability to administer subsequent adulticide therapy and the ability of the family to commit to treatment of chronic conditions. Following is a brief overview of these complications, including clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment. For information on drug dosages, please visit www.heartwormsociety/treating-severe-HWdisease.

Heartworm Disease Causes Lifelong Damage

Heartworm Disease Causes Lifelong Damage

Can heartworm infection cause permanent damage in dogs? The answer is yes, says Dr. Stephen Jones.

Making the Case for Heartworm Prevention in Cats

Making the Case for Heartworm Prevention in Cats

Why is heartworm prevention important for cats? Dr. Elizabeth Clyde gives reasons.

Tackling Tough Conversations

Tackling Tough Conversations

Can I cut corners on the AHS heartworm treatment protocol for dogs? AHS Past President Dr. Chris Rehm says "no."

The Wrath and Aftermath of Hurricanes

The Wrath and Aftermath of Hurricanes

How can hurricanes lead to increases in heartworm incidence? There's a link, according to veterinary cardiologist Dr. Clarke Atkins.

The AHS Protocol vs. Slow Kill

The AHS Protocol vs. “Slow Kill”

Why does the AHS recommend against "slow kill" for heartworm treatment in dogs? Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Andy Moorhead has answers.

by Andrew Moorhead, DVM, MS, PHD, DIP

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