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July 3 2017

Double-Defense Against Heartworm: It's About Time

Warm weather, rain, and humidity: Mosquitoes love it all, and the flying bugs are more than annoying, they carry (among other things) potentially deadly heartworm disease, which they can spread to dogs. On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World, hear distinguished professor of veterinary parasitology at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Byron Blagburn talk…

May 3 2017

Heartworm Prevention Is Necessary

Dr. Tracey Jensen, past president of the American Animal Hospital Association, describes heartworm disease and how our pets can become infected. She explains that, as adults, the worms are like angel hair pasta, winding around the hearts and lungs of dogs. There can be dozens—even 100 or more—of these worms, making dogs quite ill. In cats,…

April 25 2017

Heartworm Awareness: Double Defense

If there is a season for heartworm, it’s here. Dr. Michael Paul has an intimate relationship with mosquitoes, who are responsible for everything from Zika in people to heartworm in dogs. Listen HERE from my national Steve Dale’s Pet World as Dr. Paul offers a quick 101 course on mosquitoes. Here are some facts: Dogs typically get…

February 18 2017

First Generic Drug to Treat Heartworm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the approval of Diroban (melarsomine dihydrochloride), the first generic drug to treat heartworm disease in dogs. Heartworm disease is caused by a thread-like parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. The worms are called heartworms because the adult worms live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of…

November 21 2016

Veterinarians Endorse Double Defense to Protect Against Heartworm; Tick Diseases in Cats and More

Sanford, NC. Veterinary superstar speakers convened on the small town of Sanford, NC (not far from Raleigh Durham) at the North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine, November 2. As the Zika virus in people and heartworm in dogs is an increasingly common problem, mosquitoes (which carry both diseases) were a large part of the…

September 30 2016

Best Mosquitoes Are Dead Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes have been in the news for spreading the Zika virus – but the hit list is of mosquito spread illness is far longer and include but aren’t limited to West Nile Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, LaCrosse Encephalitis and chikungunya fever and Dengue fever. Mosquitoes also spread potentially deadly heartworm to dogs…

September 28 2016

Mosquito Eradication Killing Bees

In some places mosquitoes weren’t as bad as expected over the summer, in other places worse. Where there are mosquitoes, there may be Zika is some places in the south, but other diseases as well, such as West Nile Encephalitis. Earlier this month, mosquito eradication efforts in South Carolina, went horribly wrong, according to several…

September 7 2016

Double-Defense Against Heartworm

Mosquitoes spread disease to us and to dogs. And Dr. Mike Paul, who resides in the Caribbean, knows this very well. On my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, listen to Paul as he says, in dogs we’re concerned about potentially deadly heartworm, and a Double Defense protection (a product in addition to traditional…

August 11 2016

Double-Defense Against Heartworm

Heartworm disease is preventable or it should be but what we’re doing today clearly isn’t working. From 2013 to 2015, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, there’s been a 166 percent increase in cases of the potentially deadly mosquito spread heartworm disease in dogs. Until now, heartworm protocol hasn’t changed. At a press conference…

August 4 2016

Zika Is Here! How Dogs May Help

Due to the Zika virus, the CDC is warning pregnant women to avoid traveling to a small community just north of downtown Miami, FL where Zika is actively circulating. The warning came after 10 additional people in Florida were found to have been infected with Zika virus after being bitten by local mosquitoes, bringing the total…

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