Determining the best treatment protocol for your heartworm-positive patient with Dr. Andy Moorhead | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today’s VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss what the best treatment protocol for your heartworm-positive patient is. Here’s something no veterinarian wants to tell a client: “Your dog has heartworm disease.” We know the pet is headed for a multi-step, expensive regimen of medications as well as months of cage rest and exercise restriction. Given these challenges, it’s not surprising that many owners ask their veterinarians about alternative treatment protocols. Today we are joined by Dr. Andy Moorhead, who is a veterinary parasitologist and an assistant professor on the faculty of the University of Georgia. He also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society. Tune in to learn what the AHS heartworm treatment protocol entails and why it includes the steps it does. Find out about “slow kill” treatment, and how it differs from traditional protocols with melarsomine.

Today’s VETgirl podcast is sponsored by the American Heartworm Society, whose mission it is to lead the veterinary profession and the public in the understanding of heartworm disease. The AHS has a wealth of resources available on heartworm prevention, diagnosis and treatment, prevalence maps, FAQs, client education materials and more. Get a 1-year membership for 50% off with the code AHS50 for new members. Got to heartwormsociety.org for more information, but act fast, as this deal expires in May of 2022.

  1. Thank you for the podcast. Is Simparica Trio an acceptable option while treating a heartworm positive dog? Does diphenhydramine need to be given during heartworm treatment with melarsomine? Is buprenorphine needed or recommended to treat for potential pain after the melarsomine injection?

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