The American Heartworm Society is the leading resource on heartworm disease, and our mission is to lead the veterinary profession and the public in the understanding of this serious disease. Every year, hundreds of stories are written on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of heartworm, as well as on the plight of affected pets. These stories are an important way of reaching both veterinary professionals and pet owners with information they need to know about heartworm disease.
The American Heartworm Society is led by a board of directors comprised of veterinarians and specialists in the fields of veterinary parasitology and internalmedicine. As leaders in the fight against heartworm disease, they are available as resources and authors of related stories.
Members of the media are encouraged to contact the American Heartworm Society for information, visuals and interviews about heartworm disease. Please contact Sue O’Brien at Obriensuek@gmail.com. This email is for media inquiries only. All other inquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bad news: Heartworm disease can be fatal to dogs, cats, and ferrets. The good news: You can protect your pet from this disease.
Heartworms can infect your pet year-round and preventing them is much easier, and healthier, for your pet than getting heartworms in the first place or treating heartworm disease afterward. Year-round prevention is key to keeping your pet heartworm free.
American Heartworm Society also announces new officers, board members
NEW ORLEANS — From exploring novel ways to prevent heartworm disease to finding strategies to facilitate earlier heartworm diagnosis to discussing the challenge of treating heartworm-positive pets in animal shelter and community health settings, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) 17th Triennial Heartworm Symposium covered a gamut of heartworm research and clinical topics. Meanwhile, the AHS membership elected a new slate of board members and the organization’s first female—and youngest—president.
EDWARDSVILLE – As social distancing restrictions continue to lift and the weather finally starts to warm up, we’ll be spending more time outdoors and in public with our furry friends. But every time you visit the dog park with your pooch, bring them to the local farmer’s market, or even play catch in the backyard, you could be putting your pet’s health at risk if they’re not fully protected against heartworm disease.
Paola Domínguez-López has always been passionate about animals. Her big dream as a child was to be able to care for animals in need, especially those who don’t have a home to call their own.
Her parents helped foster her love of animals through agriculture programs like 4-H. As time went on, Paola realized that veterinary medicine was the right choice for her, eventually enrolling in the Veterinary Nursing Program in St. Petersburg College.
While studying to become a veterinary nurse, she also began volunteering for animal shelters. This eventually lead to a job at a local animal hospital, where she eventually became a vet tech.
She now combines her nursing skills and her passion for shelter animals by working her dream job at University of Florida Small Animal Hospital. She currently works in the Veterinary Community Outreach Program of the shelter medicine department. This allows her to help shelter animals in need while doing the job she loves.
Cats are known to have a penchant for biting and scratching, but even the most fierce feline can be docile and affectionate when they’re feeling right. Like humans, cats need routine veterinary care to keep their wellness in check.
Pets are beloved members of many families. So it’s no surprise that so many pet owners place such a great emphasis on raising healthy pets, often going to great lengths to provide nutritious foods for their furry friends and protecting them from a host of dangers, including heartworm.
What is heartworm?
The American Veterinary Medical Association notes that heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal disease caused by a parasite that primarily infects dogs, cats and ferrets. According to the American Heartworm Society, the heartworm is one foot in length and lives in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of affected pets.