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Q: HEARTWOMS TREATMENT ADVICE

December 22, 2008 | By cindy b. | 7 answers | Expired: 2183 days ago

HEARTWOMS TREATMENT ADVICE

Zoey, our black lab has heartworms. It doesn't seem like they are very bad yet. I was going to get her the 2 shot heartworm treatment after the first of the year but I have heard that it is very dangerous and could do damage to the dog. Or I could just put her on heartguard and let that possibly kill them off which takes about 2 years. The possibility of the heartworms killing her before then is also an issue. I just don't know what the best thing to do is. If anyone out there has had to make this decision befor please let me know how it turned out.

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Angie
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Dec 22, 2008

Hi,

We just went through this with our Yellow Lab, Lee Marvin. He adopted us and when we took him in for shots they found heart worms. His may have been worst than your little guy 'cause I asked to the microscope of the blood and you could them swizzling around.
Our vet did the two shots and we started them the same day we found out.(Halloween day) After that we were to make sure Lee Marvin rested for six weeks. That was the hardest part because you cannot let them run and play or the worms may attach to their lungs as they are leaving the heart. We found Kong toys helped him pass the time and we took long walks on a leash since he was use to a lot of exercise - just not running.
Best wishes for you and your little guy that all turns out well. Let me hear how he's doing.
AG

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Jill R.
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Dec 22, 2008

Most cases of heartworm disease can be treated successfully. There is only one medication that is approved by the FDA for killing adult heartworm - Melarsomine - which is given in the muscles. This medication has been used safely to treat many animals, but with all medications, there are side effects. You definitely want to speak to your veterinarian about them and she will also probably recommend some preliminary bloodwork and x-rays to make sure your pet is healthy enough for the treatment.

For more information about treatment and really everything you want to know about heartworms, visit: www.heartwormsociety.org/article.asp?id=1141

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Wolfpupscvc
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Dec 22, 2008

Cindy,I have a Chihauhau and my vet put her on Interceptor as it is heart medicine. I don't but it from the vets but do buy it online as its cheaper. The place online i buy it is www.Entirelypets.com You can ask your vet if this product would be ok as i think this would be cheaper than getting him the shots. You give one flavor tab a month. You can let me know if i helped any..Happy Holidays..Cindy..Wolfpupscvc

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