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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 or call 319-231-6129. All other inquiries, please email: info@heartwormsociety.org.

 


 

News & Alerts

FDA rethinks approach to testing new heartworm drugs

Cites evolving resistance of parasite

By: Lisa Wogan
For The VIN News Service 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering changing what it asks of drug makers to demonstrate efficacy of new heartworm preventive medications in dogs, in light of the parasite’s evolving resistance to drugs.

 

 

Educating Clients About Natural Heartworm Prevention

The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practiceand the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current topics related to heartworm research and findings in veterinary medicine.

 

Handle concerns about the price of heartworm prevention

Money makes the world go ‘round. It’s also a large reason your veterinary clients won’t buy the preventives their pets need. Here are some tips from the experts to explain the value to pet owners.

Prevent Heartworms in Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Year-Round

The bad news: Heartworm disease can be fatal to dogs, cats, and ferrets. The good news: You can protect your pet from this disease.

 

Blocked Antigen Causes False-Negative Heartworm Test Results

The American Heartworm Society and Companion Animal Parasite Council recommend 2 components for diagnosing heartworm infection in small animal patients: antigen detection assay and microscopic identification of Dirofilaria immitis microfilaria. The antigen test is generally considered the more sensitive test, but studies estimate that 6.0% to 38.7% of microfilaria-positive samples produce negative antigen test results.

 

Heartworm disease: What lies beneath

Dr. Stephen Jones takes us on a pictorial journey of the gross effects of heartworm infections in veterinary patients.

 

Heartworm: Where Are We Today?

Warnings and reports about pets infected with Dirofilaria immitis in the United States are not unusual. In fact, canine heartworms were first discovered on the southern US coast in 1856.1 What should be making headlines is the fact that despite the preventive medications that have been widely available for decades, the incidence of heartworm disease continues to rise across the nation.

 

AHS introduces algorithm to minimize heartworm transmission in relocated dogs

From DVM360.com: The American Heartworm Society (AHS) has announced a new set of best practices for minimizing heartworm transmission in relocated dogs, including recommendations for testing, treatment and prevention, that were developed in collaboration with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV), according to a society release.

Send a Clear Parasite Prevention Message

Clients simply aren’t getting the message when it comes to preventing fleas, ticks, and in particular heartworm.

 

American Heartworm Society announces 2018 Heartworm University schedule

AHS symposia, proceedings bring heartworm education to veterinary professionals.

The American Heartworm Society (AHS) is redoubling efforts to bring the latest heartworm information directly to veterinarians and veterinary nurses via scientific symposia and proceedings.

 

 

 

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