HEARTWORM TREATMENT SHORTAGE!
Most dog owners understand the seriousness of keeping their dogs on heartworm preventative—and it’s even more important now because the only FDA-approved treatment Immiticide (Merial) is unavailable. Dogs diagnosed with heartworms instead are being managed with the recommendations from the American Heartworm Society .
It’s important that pet owners remain faithful and give preventive medication on the prescribed schedule, too. Just being a few days late may open a window for infection. But there have been a few cases where dogs became infected even though they were given preventative without fail. Researchers suspect that some heartworm populations become resistant to the drug—so a new study has been launched.
NEW DNA STUDY OF HEARTWORMS NEEDS SAMPLES
Dr. Mark Rishniw, a genetic researcher at Cornell University requests veterinary practitioners from across the United States collect and send to him blood samples containing microfilaria and/or adult heartworms. A genetic survey hopefully will offer insight into the drug resistance issues being described. Veterinarians can email or call Dr. Rishniw for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-275-1650.
The president of the American Heartworm Society, Dr. Wallace Graham, addresses questions about prevention, treatment and more in my latest radio interview with him. Find out what you need to know to keep your cats and dogs safe from heartworm disease in PET PEEVES, HEART-TO-HEART ABOUT HEARTWORMS.
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