Heartworm disease in cats: a video update

Heartworm disease in cats: a video update

Veterinary parasitologists, practitioners discuss the latest on diagnostics, differentials and incidence rates.
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Apr 16, 2014
By dvm360.com staff

Diagnosing heartworm disease in cats is especially challenging. Matt Miller, DVM, DACVIM (cardiology), of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, participated in the American Heartworm Society’s most recent Triennial Symposium. Here Miller explains some of these challenges—and offers one relatively reliable tool veterinarians can keep in their diagnostic arsenal:

Here are the most current canine guidelines from the AHS, and here are the most current feline guidelines.

Ray Dillon, DVM, MBA, DACVIM, of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was seeing more chronic lung disease in Auburn’s referral hospital than he could account for through heartworm infection alone. Here’s what he discovered, as recounted to AHS President Stephen Jones, DVM, and what he urges veterinarians to include on their differentials list:

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Here are the most current canine guidelines from the AHS, and here are the most current feline guidelines.

As Dillon shared in the previous video, radiographic lesions of lung disease are nearly identical in cats with Toxocara, Dirofilaria and Aelurostrongylus species infections. Here he shares with Jones how common Toxocara and Dirofilaria species infections seem to be in cats.

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Here are the most current canine guidelines from the AHS, and here are the most current feline guidelines.