Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats Learning Track
Want to learn more about prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of heartworm disease is dogs and cats? Want to share training information with your staff or volunteers? Well, you’re in the right place. Check out the following content brought to you by Maddie’s Institute®. Many of the following presentations and articles have corresponding quizzes offering a printable Certificate of Attendance for completion!
Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DAVBP (Canine/Feline)
We all know that cats are unique. Different from our canine companions in many ways, their physiologic response to heartworm infection is one more thing to add to the list. They’re not just small dogs – and our disease management protocols must be altered to take their unique responses into account. Understanding the disease prevalence, life cycle, clinical signs and prognosis will guide us in the development of rational management protocols for shelter pets. Learn More
Brian DiGangi, DVM, MS, DAVBP
Heartworm disease is 100% preventable, yet experts estimate one million dogs in the U.S. are infected with the parasite. The challenge of prevention and treatment is particularly acute in animal shelters, which usually receive the dogs when they are already heartworm-positive and face challenges finding resources to treat them. Learn More
Natalie Isaza, DVM
A diagnosis of heartworm infection in shelter dogs at municipal animal control facilities can be devastating, and most animals with this disease are euthanized. Not many animal shelters or rescue groups can afford the expense of heartworm treatment, and if they can, may be unable to hold an animal through the entire treatment protocol. Learn More