(Closed) My dog is being treated for heartworms tomorrow…. Any Advice?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Don’t give the dog garlic, it is actually toxic to dogs. I would recommend just feeding him how you would normally feeding him, you don’t want to upset his stomache while he is healing. I think the slow-smaller walks are good and if he likes his kennel then let him rest in there whenever he wants. Remember to be calm and relaxed yourself, that will transfer to your dog. I hope everything goes well, and that he has a complete and full recovery.

Post # 4
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t change his diet at all while he is recovering, long slow walks should keep him happy, if he gets bored/restless you could try some mental stimulation games. Ask your vet if their any any immune-boosters that they would recommend (during veterinary treatment is no time to be “testing out” any alternative remedies – they could unintentionally counteract with the heart worm treatment)

Post # 6
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Weird, because I was told that by my vet at the university, and my university is one of the top vet schools in Canada. I am curious now, is it a special garlic supplements that this vet makes? Is it avaliable on the market?

Post # 7
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t have any advice but I just wanted to send good thoughts your way. Hoping for a speedy recovery for your dog.

If you don’t mind me asking, what were the symptoms?

Post # 10
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

My dog just finished the 6-8 week recovery for heartworms.  Luckily, he wasn’t much of a runner/jumper because of a previous injury, so keeping him calm for 6 weeks wasn’t really an issue.  My vet said that he didn’t have to be crated 24/7 if he wasn’t going to be active, and Melvin just sleeps all day, so instead of crating him or letting him roam the house during the day, I left him in the bedroom.  I carried him up and down stairs so he wouldn’t get his heart rate up.  I was only allowed to take him on short walks three times a day.  By short, I mean absolutely no more than 10 minutes.  It was really hard keeping him all cooped up in the house, but I didn’t want any complications so I followed the vet instructions perfectly.  I didn’t change his diet at all, and he was fine.  (Melvin has so many allergies that I can’t change his diet.)  I have to bring him back in October to see if he has any worms left, but the treatment kills over 95% of them, so I’m sure he’s fine now.  Good luck!

Post # 11
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Good luck!  We use the “slow” method on all of our heartworm positive dogs at the shelter I work at.  It’s just easier on the dog and more cost effective…  usually within a year they are heartworm negative with no issues!

So good luck and I hope your boy gets better quickly!!

Post # 12
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

good luck! hope all goes well and he recovers quickly!

Post # 13
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Good luck! My dog was heart worm positive when we got him (he was an outdoor-only dog at a previous home). Follow the advice of your veterinarian and keep the dog on cage rest. Don’t be surprised if he is sore, because the injections go deep into the muscle and the injection site can be tender afterward. Be absolutely, 100%, sure to get any follow-up testing done, and to put your dog on a heart worm preventative when you’re given the all-clear to do it, as dogs CAN become re-infected (the veterinarian I had before we moved mentioned that this happened to her childhood dog 3 times, and is one of the things that pushed her toward veterinary medicine).  My dog went through the treatment well, but the resting part was difficult.

He’s been heart worm free for several years now and has suffered no ill effects, but we’ve been certain to keep him on a proven preventative. We buy ours from our vet- many companies offer a guarantee when you buy from an authorized dealer like a veterinarian that, should the dog come up positive while on the preventative, they’ll refund your money and/or pay the cost of treatment. This guarantee doesn’t always hold when buying from companies like 1-800-petmeds, since many of the actual drug companies won’t sell to petmeds, so petmeds has to buy things through third parties (which is why some people claim their meds are “iffy”- I don’t know because I’ve never bought from them). We also have him tested once yearly. After this experience, I will never have a dog who is not on heart worm preventative- the treatment was expensive, difficult on my dog, and very worrisome for me!

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