09 Apr American Heartworm Society provides guidance on heartworm protocols during COVID-19 crisis
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE—The COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented disruptions in veterinary practices and animal shelters, making it challenging for many professionals to deliver wellness care, as well as certain medical treatments, to patients. As veterinary practices and animal shelters strive to provide the best possible care for their patients, questions frequently arise about heartworm prevention, testing and treatment.
To address these questions, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) has released recommendations to help clinics and shelters deploy optimal strategies for heartworm management in today’s challenging environment.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary for veterinarians and shelters to change many day-to-day operations in the interest of limiting virus transmission and protecting public health. This, in turn, has led to questions from veterinarians and shelters about how to adjust their heartworm protocols in the interim. Our recommendations are intended to provide guidance for the unique circumstances veterinarians face today,” stated AHS president Chris Duke, DVM.
According to Dr. Duke, the COVID-19 document will be updated on an as-needed basis in the coming weeks and months and as additional questions arise.
About the American Heartworm Society
The mission of the American Heartworm Society is to lead the veterinary profession and the public in the understanding of heartworm disease. Founded during the Heartworm Symposium of 1974. The American Heartworm Society aims to further scientific progress in the study of heartworm disease, inform the membership of new developments and encourage and help promote effective procedures for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heartworm disease.
A note about the COVID-19 crisis and the AHS
The AHS board of directors is comprised of specialists in parasitology, cardiology and community practice, as well as veterinary practitioners in general practice and industry roles. These professionals are dedicated to helping veterinarians and shelters provide the best possible patient care, both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.