Murray State Theses and Dissertations


Dirofilaria immitis (canine heartworm) was found in forty-two (42) of the two hundred seventy-five (275) Canis latrans (coyote) necropsied in the state of Kentucky from November 27, 2019 through March 3, 2021. Thirty-five (35) of the positive cases were from western Kentucky region with the other seven spread across the state. With this group of coyotes, one hundred fifty-eight (158) were male and the other one hundred six-teen (116) were female. The estimated age ranged from a pup to senior dogs. A little over forty percent of the dogs were obtained through coyote/predator tournaments; the remaining were acquired from pest control, fur trappers, and vehicular accidents.

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Author's Keywords

heartworm, Dirofilaria immitis, coyote, Canis latrans, domestic dogs

Thesis Advisor

Kristie Guffey

Thesis Co-Advisor

Alyx Shultz

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