Tip of the Week: United States of Heartworm
Welcome to the week—we’re here with your Monday inspo, courtesy of The ASPCA’s Senior Director of Shelter Medicine, Brian DiGangi, DVM.
“Heartworm disease is something that everybody has to be aware of,” shared Dr. Brian DiGangi in his recent webinar, Heartworm Helpdesk: Maximizing Impact Through Strategic Decision-Making.
To stay on top of any challenges the mosquito-borne disease may present in your shelter or community, DiGangi recommends familiarizing yourself with The American Heartworm Society’s Heartworm Incidence Map. This important tool is updated every three years with data on heartworm testing gathered from thousands of veterinary practices and shelters. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the most common mosquitoes in your area.
Heartworm disease has been documented in all 50 states. “Even if you are not seeing it in your community,” states DiGangi, “the potential is still there.”
For a detailed discussion on treating heartworm-positive dogs, register and listen to the recording of DiGangi’s webinar.
Photo: Kat Albrecht-Thiessen
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