Understanding & Preventing HEARTWORM Disease

Heartworm disease, also known as dirofilariasis, is a serious and potentially fatal illness caused by a bloodborne parasite called Dirofilaria immitis. The disease can cause severe lung problems, heart failure, and other organ damage in dogs, cats, and ferrets. It is unknown exactly how many pets in the United States are infected with heartworm disease each year, but the American …

Kibbles ’n Bits (of insects)

At least 2 billion people worldwide eat insects regularly as part of their diet. There’s no telling how many cats and dogs do. But one thing is certain: More and more pet owners are feeding their pets insects. Simon Doherty, BVMS, president of the BVA, recently told BBC news that “There’s a really exciting future for the use of insect protein for companion animals. …