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1. A parasitic filarial worm (Dirofilaria immitis) that is transmitted by mosquitoes and infects the pulmonary arteries and often the right side of the heart of dogs and other canids and sometimes other mammals, including cats.
2. The condition resulting from infection with heartworms, characterized by respiratory symptoms and fatigue.


(Animals) a parasitic nematode worm, Dirofilaria immitis, that lives in the heart and bloodstream of vertebrates



1. a parasitic nematode, Dirofilaria immitis, transmitted by mosquitoes and invading the heart and pulmonary arteries of dogs and other canids.
2. the disease caused by infection with heartworm.
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At Cornell, we recommended that all animals be on year-round broad-spectrum parasite control, such as monthly heartworm disease preventives with label coverage of roundworms.
In our careers, our team members have had the fortunate opportunity to turn many of these molecules into top-selling medications such as heartworm disease preventatives for companion animals.
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The company said Stronghold Plus (selamectin/sarolaner) is a topical combination of parasiticides that treats ticks, fleas, ear mites, lice and gastrointestinal nematodes and prevents heartworm disease in cats.
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We give them vaccinations and make sure they're not getting obese and give them medicine to prevent conditions such as heartworm disease.
of human heartworm disease which is usually asymptomatic requires a lung biopsy by thoracotomy or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).
I'm about to tell you something that I haven't ever confessed in these pages, not even hinted at it in 17 years: I once was so pig-ignorant about dog care that I allowed my dog - my best friend at the time, my stalwart, beloved Border Collie Rupert, to develop heartworm disease.
A stool check for intestinal parasites and a blood test to check for heartworm disease may also be recommended.
Aside from her damaged snout, UC-Davis veterinarians also discovered she had heartworm disease and cancer known as venereal tumour.
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Lab Rescue provides vaccines and treats skin conditions and nurses Labs through kennel cough, Lyme disease, heartworm disease and other illnesses so that the dogs can start their new lives happy and healthy.