Thursday, July 21, 2016
HEARTWORM DISEASE TREATMENT OPTIONS UPDATE.
My Philosophy in medicine is of a measured and conservative approach, and to try and look for less invasive, safer, and less costly treatment options.
In this regard I have been using the so called "European protocol" for treatment of Heartworm disease. It is so called because a research paper first published in Milan, Italy described the protocol. The protocol has been used in the States also by various veterinarians that are familiar with it. It involves the use of Doxycycline and Ivermectin based Heartworm preventive. It's a slow kill of worms approach, and that is why I like it, as I find it safer--as compared to fast worm kill--and less costly. Of course each patient is an individual and a veterinarian needs to asses him and discuss with the pet owner the options.
My bottom line is always: if it safer and appropriate for the patient it should be the first choice.
Dr. Ehud Sela
Gentle Vet Animal Hospital
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