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Episode 84: We have great preventives. Why do we still have heartworm disease?


Byron L. Blagburn MS, PhD, DACVM Hon (Parasitology), shares the latest heartworm trends and dives into the nuances of various preventives on this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast with Adam Christman, DVM, MBA.

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In the latest episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, Byron L. Blagburn MS, PhD, DACVM Hon (Parasitology), explores heartworm preventive treatments and explains why veterinary professionals need to stress to pet owners the importance of taking premptive action.

Speaking on the trends in prevalance of heartworm, Blagburn said: "You would have thought that heartworm would go away, wouldn't you? We've got all these excellent preventives. Our diagnostic tests have improved. Certainly, we've tried and succesfully have increased awareness, but the fact of the matter, Adam, is that, no, it hasn't gone away. The more we look, the more [heartworm] we find."

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