Laying the groundwork for a canine heartworm vaccine

U.K. researchers are looking to determine whether the proteins that allow filarial parasites to establish infections will have similar protective effects in dogs.

Prevention has always been key to fighting heartworm disease in dogs, but few preventive drug options are available and resistance to available medications continues to grow. But a new study by Morris Animal Foundation–funded researchers at the University of Liverpool may unlock the solution veterinarians and pet owners need.