(Closed) Anyone had a dog with heart worms?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My mom’s lab chow mix had heartworms and the treatment wasn’t that bad. I don’t remember how much it was exactly, but it wasn’t as expensive as they expected. I know that their dog got his treatment every week but he couldn’t go outside for long periods of time or get hot while he was being treated. He was 8 when we got them, he’s 10 now, and he’s just fine. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@futurepilotswife_:  Our Jack Russell got heart worms and we decided to do the conservative treatment of heart worm pills monthly for 2 years. She tested negative 4 years ago after 1 1/2 years of treatment and has tested negative ever since. She is 12 years old now and totally healthy! 

We didn’t do the more detailed injection treatment because she was just too active to stay still for the weeks that she would have to. If they move or do too heavy of activity while the injection is working to kill the heart worms, then the adult worms can cause blood clots and they could die. 

The pills don’t kill the adult worms, just the microfilaria, but the adult ones will die eventually. The injection kills the adults. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I haven’t had a dog with Heart worm, but I have treated many in the shelters where I have worked, and I am in vet school. You should do what your veterinarian recommends based on what they find with your dog. They will be able to tell you which treatment to go with. There are 2 basic treatment routes 1. A faster, more expensive one that some people thinks might be a bad option if your dog’s problem is really severe, or ih he is very active, because the worms die quickly and can cause problems, but this is a very effective and fast route 2. A slower and much cheaper route that is generally thought to be more gentle, but takes a lot longer. I have seen very good success with the slow route which is the only route we choose in the shelters due to cost, even in older dogs that we have treated, but your vet will be able to tell you the best option for you.

Sorry this is so long, and good luck with your pup! He is adorable

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