The American Heartworm Society (AHS) has decided to make an algorithm that will provide guidance and help in minimizing heartworm transmission specifically in relocated dogs. This algorithm includes recommendations on testing, treatment, and prevention. These recommendations were developed in close collaboration with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).

Preventing the transmission of Dirofilaria immitis has always been an issue and a priority for the American Heartworm Society. Their guidelines are planned to be helpful in situations as newly adopted pets being left homeless, for dogs that move cross-country or going for a beach vacation.

Always, the ideal scenario is to treat all infected dogs before traveling, but not always we have the time to do a full course of treatment before that dog has to hit the road. Like this, there is the potential risk of the dogs becoming reservoirs for infection. These guidelines also suggest that once dogs are treated, they should be on a lifelong heartworm prevention.


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