Clinical management of canine and feline heartworm disease

Squires, Richard A. (2017) Clinical management of canine and feline heartworm disease. In: Proceedings of the North Queensland Division of the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference. From: North Queensland Division of the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference, 22-24 September 2017, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Heartworm (HW) infection of dogs and cats is endemic in Australia and in recent years there has been a marked increase in the number of infections diagnosed in dogs in some parts of north Queensland.1 Whether this has been due to increased surveillance or something else remains unclear. The possibility of emerging macrocyclic lactone resistance was described as only "remotely possible" in one recent publication.1 Clinical disease is much less frequently encountered than subclinical infection, although heartworm infections may be underdiagnosed if mild, or misdiagnosed as something else such as allergic lower airway or lung disease in cats (so-called heartworm-associated respiratory disease, or HARD).2,3 Given the relative prevalence of canine and feline heartworm infections in other parts of the world where HW testing is practised widely, it is likely that feline heartworm infections are underdiagnosed in north Queensland.

Item ID: 50897
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
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Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 01:00
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070706 Veterinary Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 86 MANUFACTURING > 8609 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Products > 860901 Veterinary Biological Preventatives (e.g. Vaccines) @ 50%
86 MANUFACTURING > 8609 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Products > 860902 Veterinary Diagnostics @ 25%
86 MANUFACTURING > 8609 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Products > 860903 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Treatments (e.g. Antibiotics) @ 25%
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