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Decision tree for identifying resistant heartworm cases

University of Georgia veterinary parasitologist Dr. Ray Kaplan outlines strategies veterinarians can use to identify potentially heartworm-resistant cases.

Canine | Veterinary Professionals | Resistance
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Role of genetics in study of heartworm resistance

University of Georgia veterinary parasitologist Dr. Ray Kaplan explains why it’s important for scientists to study the genetics of heartworm resistance.

Canine | Veterinary Professionals | Resistance
Category: Video

Pros and cons of doxycycline in a heartworm treatment protocol

Parasitologist Dr. Dwight Bowman explains why he has reservations about routinely using doxycycline in a heartworm treatment protocol.

Canine | Treatment | Veterinary Professionals | Resistance
Category: Video

Mosquito vectors in heartworm transmission

University of Arkansas entomologist Dr. Tanja McKay discusses mosquito vectors in the transmission of heartworm disease.

Life Cycle | Veterinary Professionals
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Feeding habits of mosquito vectors

University of Arkansas entomologist Dr. Tanja McKay explains the feeding habits of mosquitoes that transmit heartworm disease.

Canine | Life Cycle | Veterinary Professionals
Category: Video

Caval syndrome and how to manage it in dogs with heartworm disease

Dogs with heartworm disease can develop a very serious complication: caval syndrome. Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Marisa Ames explains how this complication develops, as well as how veterinarians and treat and manage these patients.

Canine | Diagnosis | Treatment | Veterinary Professionals
Category: Video

How to manage right-sided heartworm failure in dogs with heartworm disease

Dogs with pulmonary hypertension as a result of heartworm disease can also develop right-sided heart failure. Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Marisa Ames explains how veterinarians can identify this complication in canine patients and manage it.

Canine | Diagnosis | Treatment | Veterinary Professionals
Category: Video

How to manage pneumonitis in dogs with heartworm disease

Pneumonitis is a common complication in dogs with heartworm Disease. Cardiologist Dr. Marisa Ames explains how veterinarians can manage patients with this complication.

Canine | Diagnosis | Treatment | Veterinary Professionals
Category: Video

Microclimates and their effects on mosquitoes and heartworm survival

American Heartworm Society Past President Dr. Stephen Jones what microclimates are and how they extend the length of time mosquitoes carrying heartworms can pose a threat.

Canine | Feline | Prevention | Life Cycle | Veterinary Professionals | Pet Owners | Incidence
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Is the term "heartworm season" a misnomer?

American Heartworm Society Past President Dr. Stephen Jones explains why heartworm "season" is really a year-round issue in many areas.

Canine | Feline | Prevention | Life Cycle | Veterinary Professionals | Pet Owners
Category: Video

How do heartworm preventives work?

Dr. Doug Carithers explains how macrocyclic lactones affect the heartworm parasite.

Canine | Feline | Prevention | Life Cycle | Veterinary Professionals
Category: Video

UGA research investigates alternative to doxycycline in a heartworm treatment program

Dr. Molly Salvadelis explains the findings of a UGA study comparing doxycycline to minocycline in a heartworm treatment protocol

Canine | Treatment | Veterinary Professionals
Category: Video

Immune complex formation in dogs with heartworm infection

Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Lindsay Starkey explains why immune complexes can sometimes complicate heartworm diagnoses.

Canine | Diagnosis | Veterinary Professionals
Category: Video

New research on heartworm immune complex

Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Lindsay Starkey discusses published research on a novel way to break up immune complexes when diagnosing dogs with heartworm infection.

Canine | Feline | Diagnosis | Veterinary Professionals
Category: Video

Making the case for heartworm prevention to cat owners

Feline practitioner Dr. Mark Cousins of New Orleans explains how he positions heartworm prevention to cat owners as part of a preventive healthcare program.

Feline | Prevention | Veterinary Professionals | Cost | Incidence
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How veterinarians can start the feline heartworm conversation with clients

Feline practitioner Dr. Mark Cousins of New Orleans explains how veterinarians who are new to discussing feline heartworm disease with clients can get comfortable with the topic.

Feline | Prevention | Veterinary Professionals
Category: Video

When cats test positive for heartworms, what's next?

Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Clarke Atkins explains how veterinarians can interpret the results of antigen and antibody heartworm tests in cats.

Feline | Diagnosis | Veterinary Professionals | Cost
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When dogs test positive for heartworms, what's next?

Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Clarke Atkins outlines testing strategies for dogs that test positive for heartworms.

Canine | Diagnosis | Veterinary Professionals | Cost
Category: Video

Why does severe weather create a perfect storm for heartworm transmission?

Veterinary cardiologist Dr. Clarke Atkins explains how heartworm epidemics can occur as fallout from hurricanes.

Canine | Diagnosis | Treatment | Life Cycle | Shelters | Veterinary Professionals | Incidence
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Talking to dog owners about rest and recovery during heartworm treatment

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Deb Horwitz provides easy tips owners can follow to keep their dogs mentally engaged but physically calm during heartworm treatment.

Canine | Treatment | Shelters | Veterinary Professionals | Pet Owners
Category: Video

Keeping dogs mentally stimulated but physically quiet during heartworm treatment

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Deb Horwitz provides easy tips owners can follow to keep their dogs mentally engaged but physically calm during heartworm treatment.

Canine | Treatment | Shelters | Veterinary Professionals | Pet Owners
Category: Video

Handling bathroom breaks for dogs on cage rest

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Deb Horwitz addresses the question of how owners can safely handle taking their dogs outside for bathroom breaks during heartworm treatment.

Canine | Treatment | Shelters | Veterinary Professionals | Pet Owners
Category: Video

Three Models of Care: Expanding Options for Treating Heartworms

Three specialists in shelter medicine explain how they are managing the medical, logistical and financial challenges of treating heartworm infection in patients.

Treatment | Shelters | Veterinary Professionals | Cost | Transport of Infected Pets
Category: Video

Heartworm Life Cycle for Pet Owners

An overview of the heartworm lifecycle, with an emphasis on the importance of prevention.
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Canine | Prevention | Life Cycle | Shelters | Veterinary Professionals | Media | Pet Owners
Category: Video

Heartworm Life Cycle for Professionals

An in-depth overview of heartworm life cycle and prevention that is useful for students, new staff, and veterinary professionals.
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Canine | Prevention | Treatment | Life Cycle | Shelters | Veterinary Professionals | Media
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