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Q: HEARTWOMS TREATMENT ADVICE

December 22, 2008 | By cindy b. | 7 answers | Expired: 2176 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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Kelly
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Jan 05, 2009

I agree with Jill & Angie. Some people will forego the shots & treat with Heartguard only, but Heartguard only kills the larvae so your dog lives with the adult worms continually doing damage to the heart & arteries until they (the worms) finally die. Even the makers of Heartguard advise against using it while your dog is infected with heartworms.

My dog was a rescue dog & tested positive for heartworms. She took the melarsomine injections to kill off the adult worms & then a couple of weeks later was given one oral treatment to kill any larvae that had hatched out. She is now healthy & has no organ or artery damage. All of our HW+ rescue dogs are given the same treatment as well.

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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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SwampRat
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Dec 22, 2008

I'll take this opp to echo the advice of "Angie" above...

AND to say "Lee Marvin" - a yellow lab... what a WONDERFUL NAME for a Yellow Lab !!!

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Ethel02
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Dec 22, 2008

I think your dog should go to the Vet & be treated properly, I have always been told the once a month tabs prevent heartworm BUT do not kill the worms, actually if you give the tabs and the dog has heartworm it can kill her, I also don't know what 2 shots your talking about for heartworm, when you got your dog she should have gone to a Vet, got shots and monthly tabs, you should not be able to give the tabs if your dog has heartworm, that is why, if you don't keep them on it all year, you have to have them tested, there is no over the counter cure, and the tabs will kill her if she has the worms, heartworm is a painful way to die, it seems like you did not go to the Vet for treatment, I can't believe they would have told what you are saying they did ,if so I would get to another Vet, there is a better than 50% chance a good Vet can help if you get there ASAP the longer you wait the worse it is for your dog, if you can't go to a Vet at least don't let her suffer, bring her to the SPCA, if you talked to a Vet & had her on meds she would not have heartworms, they are not like regular worms that a couple of pills takes care of, Zoey was your responsibility .

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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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kristina g.
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Dec 22, 2008

i would go with the pills i have had success

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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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