CTE Task: Identifying Heartworm Disease​

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COURSE:

Veterinary Science

TASK LENGTH:

One Hour

 

Task Description

Standards

Students will

complete the guided notes sheet.

  • Create a paper slide video about identifying, treating, and preventing heartworm disease.

Veterinary Science

  1. Recognize various states of cellular homeostasis to identify infections, diseases, and mutations.

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Identify transmission methods for heartworms.
  2. Explain the life cycle of the heartworm.
  3. Identify signs of heartworm disease
  4. Recommend steps to prevent heartworm disease.

 

To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:

  1. Help organize an information booth during National Heartworm Awareness Month in April.
  2. Identify which other animals can be a host for heartworm disease.

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions

Blood Test

 

The vet ran some _________________ to see how much medicine to give my dog.

Why is it essential to run a blood test before giving heartworm medicine to an animal?

 

Instructional Resources

Heartworm Disease. (ClawsandPawsVets. (2013, Mar. 21). Heartworm Disease. [Video]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JidOnQTG-KY&t=5s)

 

Task Action

  • Students will watch Heartworm Disease video and complete the guided notes sheet to create a paper slide video explaining the identification, treatment, and prevention of heartworm disease.
  • The student video must include the following terms/components listed below. For directions on how to create a paper slide video, click here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayu9nV8z8-Y Note: The instructor will provide the students with directions for submitting your paper slide video.
  • Paper slide video must include the following terms or concepts:
    • Transmission;
    • Life cycle and life span;
    • Organs affected in dogs and cats;
    • Indoor verse outdoor pets;
    • Common signs;
    • Testing; and
    • Prevention.

Student Resources

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Heartworm Disease

  1. Watch the Claws and Paws Vet Heartworm Disease video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JidOnQTG-KY&t=5s and fill out this guided reading sheet.

 

General Information

  1. Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite called Dirofliaria immitis which is transmitted by _______________________________.
  2. The heartworm also lives in the __________________ of dogs and cats.
  3. Heartworms can take up to _____________________________ to become _____________________
  4. Heartworms interfere with the __________________________________ of the heart and lungs.
  5. Heartworms can live up to __________________________ in dogs and __________________________ in cats.
  6. Currently heartworm disease is in __ percent of dogs and ____ percent of cats.
  7. If a dog or cat stays inside, why are they acceptable to heartworm disease?

 

Dogs

  1. What are the most common signs of heartworms in dogs?
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  2. Outline steps taken before treating a dog or cat for heartworm disease.
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  3. Why is it important to keep your dog quiet after treatment?

 

  1. How effective is heartworm treatment in dogs?

 

Cats

  1. Why is it harder to diagnose heartworms in cats?

 

  1. In cats, heartworms are primarily a lung disease and can be mistaken for ___________________.
  2. What are the most common signs of heartworms in cats?
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Prevention and after treatment

  1. List the signs to look for after treatment for heartworms.
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  2. How preventable is heartworm disease in dogs and cats?

 

  1. Is it better to treat cats for heartworm or put them on heartworm prevention?

 

  1. Stop the video at 6:11. Create a Paper Slide Video about treating and preventing heartworm disease to share with your teacher and classmates. Your video must include the following terms/components listed below. For directions on how to create a paper slide video, click here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayu9nV8z8-Y Note: Do not upload your video. Your instructor will provide you with directions for submitting your paper slide video.

Paper slide video must include the following terms or concepts:

  1. Transmission;
  2. Life cycle and life span;
  3. Organs affected in dogs and cats;
  4. Indoor verse outdoor pets;
  5. Common signs;
  6. Testing; and
  7. Prevention.