In an ideal world, any dog diagnosed with heartworms would undergo adulticide treatment and recovery prior to travel with an owner or being transported for purposes of adoption. In the real world, delaying travel is not always possible for heartworm-positive dogs, especially for rescued dogs in need of rehoming. To help guide veterinarians, shelter personnel and others on the front lines of animal rescue, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) have issued a new set of joint recommendations designed to safeguard the health of infected dogs while ensuring that infected animals do not become vectors for heartworm transmission.
In the News
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.
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News & Alerts
Rehoming. A move. Accompanying an owner on a trip. Such situations can mean that dogs diagnosed with heartworms must travel. The American Heartworm Society and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians recently released joint transport recommendations designed to safeguard the health of infected dogs while ensuring they do not become vectors for heartworm transmission.
- 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.
Addressing pandemic-related lapses in heartworm prophylaxis
By Tom Nelson, DVM
When the COVID pandemic hit North America in March, the immediate goal of government leaders and public health officials was to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and avoid overwhelming human health-care systems. Lines were quickly drawn between “essential” and “nonessential” services, with definitions varying from state to state. In most states, veterinary personnel were considered essential workers and pet owners were allowed continued access to veterinary care; however, for a time, this was limited for many to emergency medical services.
The 2019 AHS Heartworm Incidence Survey shows that heartworms maintain a stubborn hold in the United States.
As practices resume routine wellness checks, veterinarians should ensure patients are protected from parasites, AHS says
While the COVID pandemic is not yet over, for veterinarians, it continues to be “business as usual” for heartworm prevention.
(BPT) - Whether fall is when you switch out your exercise regimen or schedule your annual flu shot, staying healthy is at the top of most “to do” lists right now. Just remember your four-legged family members when considering seasonal changes to your wellness program. Fall is the perfect time to take steps to keep pets healthy, too.