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Pathology of Heartworm Disease in two Police Dogs

P.K.Rath, S.K.Panda, B.P.Mishra, N.R. Sarangi, J. Mishra, P. S. Mishra, and A. Chakraborty

Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Orissa University of Agriculture

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal November 2022 : 99 (11) - pages 57 to 59
(Received: , Accepted: )


Two police dogs - a female Labrador and a male Doberman - were presented to the Veterinary Dispensary, Jamankira, Sambalpur, Odisha with a complaint of weakness, irregular breathing during exercise, coughing, slight pyrexia and in appetence which had increased over the previous 2-3 months irrespective of treatment by local veterinarians. A complete evaluation was done in relation to haemato-biochemical parameters as well as thoracic radiographic changes which confirmed the presence of heavy loads of heartworms. Necropsy and histopathological lesions revealed cardiomegaly and associated infiltrations of inflammatory cells, thrombo-embolism and sections of microfilariae.

Key Words: Dirofilaria immitis, Dogs, Heartworm

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