Heartworm prevalence in dogs versus cats: Multiple diagnostic modalities provide new insights
- Prevalence of adult heartworm (HW) infection was 4 % in cats and 28 % in dogs.
- Combining antigen and antibody testing led to an overall 19 % positive cats.
- Prevalence did not differ between dogs and cats with added feline antibody testing.
- Dirofilaria repens microfilariae were identified in one dog and one cat.
- Acanthocheilonema reconditum microfilariae were identified in four dogs.