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Treating Heartworm Disease: Ancillary Corticosteroid Therapy

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) The Heartworm Hotline column is cosponsored by Today’s Veterinary Practice and The American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). This series presents questions and answers on topics related to heartworm infection, prevention, diagnostics, and/or treatment. QUESTION: In the July/August 2012 Heartworm Hotline article—Doxycycline in the Management of Heartworm Disease—the role …

Defeating Ticks: Practical Tips for Preventing Tick-Borne Disease in Pets

Lindsay Starkey, DVM, and Susan Little, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Parasitology) Veterinary practices nationwide have seen an increase in tick infestations in recent years. A number of environmental factors can conspire to result in a tick infestation surge, including higher populations of wildlife hosts, better habitat, and more supportive climate.1-4 Veterinarians need to provide solutions that …

Hot Topic: Preserving Your Parasite Preventive Program

Christine M. Meredith, VMD, and Travis B. Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT It’s summer again and most practices are in the swing of the preventive medicine push. As the bugs come out, much of our time is spent communicating with clients about preventing the clinical diseases associated with fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other vectors. The …

Heartworm Testing: A Yearly Necessity?

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) It is a pleasure to introduce a new series, which will be presenting questions asked by veterinary professionals and clients about heartworm infection. This series is co-sponsored by Today’s Veterinary Practice (todaysveterinarypractice.com) and The American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). Each article will present a question or questions on a …

Diagnosis of Canine Heartworm Infection

Dirofilaria immitis, the causative agent of canine heartworm disease, induces significant cardiopulmonary pathology in dogs in the United States and worldwide.

    Margaret C. Barr, DVM, PhD; Elizabeth P. Boynton, DVM; Peggy L. Schmidt, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVPM; Frank Bossong, DVM; and Gary R. Johnston, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVR Although highly effective methods are available to prevent infection in domestic dogs, D immitis has continued to spread throughout the U.S. Recent estimates of prevalence in dogs presented for veterinary …