Sunday, March 4, 2012

Heartworm Transmission, Life Cycle and Incidence in the US in 2010

There has been a lot of talk about heartworm lately. It's no surprise. Between the talk about preventatives resistant strains, the shortage of the heartworm treatment drug and now problems with the preventative made by Novartis also, heartworm has become one of the hot topics.

So what are we up against?

Read more about heartworm infection in Dr. Huston's article and check out the informative iconographic below.

Heartworm Infection
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Related articles:
Don't Let Heartworm Become A Heartbreak! 
Reading About Heartworm Is One Thing; Watching A Dog Suffer Is Another
Veterinary Highlights: Surgical Treatment For Severe Heartworm Cases

Further reading:
Resistance to Heartworm Preventatives
Heartworm Prevention for Dogs: New Concepts and Concerns
American Heartworm Society: Current Canine Guidelines

6 comments

  1. I'm glad to see there were very few cases of confirmed heartworms reported in my area. Still, I always make sure my dog is protected during the warmer six months. Do you keep your dogs on heartworm protection all year or just during the "warmer" months? Ace takes HeartGard from May through October.

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    1. With the weather as crazy as it has been we do year-round prevention. Unfortunately, we've been using Interceptor, so gotta see what happens with that.

      Also since suddenly we found two ticks in the fall and the one we got tested was positive for Lyme we now have to figure out what we're going to do about that also.

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  2. I love all that white up near my area! Our vet doesn't actually recommend using a preventative unless we travel, but we do quarterly testing to make sure we stay safe. It cost us about the same, but since Felix is so med-sensitive, we get to avoid ovrwhelming his system.

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    1. Yeah, you're lucky living in a white area. Good plan with the testing. Hoping your area remains white (((hugs)))

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  3. Hi Y'all,

    Having once adopted a heartworm positive Chessie, no not Hawk, I find this a scary disease. Especially scary since the southeastern US is a high risk area. I use heartworm and flea prevention year round.

    BrownDog's Human

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    1. It IS scary. And the treatment isn't all that much better than the disease. This is one of the things where an ounce of prevention really is worth of ton of a treatment.

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