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Canine Heartworm Disease

Background Heartworm infection in dogs has been diagnosed in all 50 US states, but not yet in Alaska, even though the climatic and mosquito populations in central Alaska are conducive to the further dissemination of this parasite. Environmental climate changes with global warming, along with animal movements and urban development, have increased the heartworm infection…

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Heartworm: A real and present danger

As a practicing veterinarian for over 50 years, I have witnessed the spread of heartworm disease and experienced dogs and cats who have succumbed to its harsh and unforgiving effects. I believe that the excellent public awareness campaign over the past 30 years about heartworm prevention and medication distribution have done great good, but have…

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Dr. Dodds’ General Recommendations for Heartworm Preventatives

A normal functioning immune system is an essential component to promote the health and longevity of companion animals. The immune system is a delicately balanced and integrated functional network of circulating and cellular components that protect the individual against acute and chronic disease. Stress has a major influence on this function and can be physiological,…

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