Researchers have yet to pin down the cause or causes of this frustrating and often painful disease, so a definitive treatment protocol remains elusive. Current recommendations include lifestyle changes such as stress relief and increased water intake.
I enjoyed reading "IMHA: Diagnosing and treating a complex disease" in the December 2008 issue of Veterinary Medicine. However, I did have some questions: What role do vaccinations play in the disease process, and should I discontinue vaccinating a patient after IMHA has been diagnosed?
To encourage better teeth-brushing compliance, I advise my clients to keep their pets' toothbrushes and toothpaste near the television set since a commercial break is a perfect opportunity to devote that time to improving their pets' dental health.
To encourage clients to purchase heartworm tests and preventives, we placed posters throughout the clinic that list the price of a heartworm test, the price range of heartworm preventives, and the price of heartworm treatment if a pet becomes infected.