Dirofilaria immitis: The monster then and now

    Heartworm disease is more prevalent than ever, but prevention methods can help defeat the parasitic beast
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    In 1586, Chez Jean Wolf created a sketch of a “monster” that had been found inside the heart of a horse. It was later identified as Dirofilaria immitis, also known as heartworm.1
    Canine heartworm was discovered in dogs in the southeastern United States in 1856 and in cats in the 1920s.1 D immitis is n
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