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Treating Heartworms in Dogs

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While easy to prevent, treating heartworms can be a lengthy process. This is a guide about treating heartworms in dogs.
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August 31, 2011

I have a young Sheltie that I recently got from an owner that did not provide heartworm prevention. I do not actually know if Blue has heartworms or not, but need a less expensive preventive treatment than the vet offers. Are any of you pet owners feeling the same crunch financially, but do not want our pet family to suffer neglect? I am interested in home remedies and prevention of heartworms. Thanks to all who respond.

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By Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful
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If you've ever seen an actual photo of heart worms in a heart you would have Blue tested to make sure or not. Call your local animal shelter and the ASPCA and ask where there might be no or low cost help available in your area. You can also order monthly heartworm prevention meds online for alot less money than at the vets office but make sure you order them from a professionally approved source. You also want to make sure you order the right dose based on Blue's weight. There are no home remedies for this serious disease whether preventing it or treating it. Here's a three page informational link:

http://pets.web  -facts-and-myths

The graphic below shows the heartworms feeding on the heart. The heartworms progress to the lungs and arteries.

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September 1, 20110 found this helpful
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Deeli is right. Heartworms are serious and nothing to mess around with. Not to sound harsh, but if you can't afford to put Blue on heartworm preventative, maybe you should try to find another home for him.

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Doing rescue work in Houston, I have watched a dog die in front of me of heartworms. It is a long and suffering way to die. It is really horrible.

When you test Blue, ask the vet if the heartworms are heavy or light. If he says light, you can put Blue on the preventative right away and keep any baby worms from being born.

The adult worms live out their lives and then die. It takes about 6 months or so to be completely heartworm free going that route. If they are heavy heartworms, he HAS to be treated or he'll die.

And not to be the bearer of even more bad news but treatment isn't cheap either; in fact it can run hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Affording the preventative is really the best way to go. In HOU, dogs had a 100% chance of contracting heartworms if they were not on preventative.

Good luck to you and I hope you can find an affordable way to go. I order all my preventatives online as it is MUCH cheaper that way. Just get your vet to write you a prescription and you can send it in to PetMeds.com or another one of the reputable sites out there.

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February 12, 2006

I was surfing around dog sites and found a number of references and letters about a 6-month heartworm shot for dogs and reports it had actually caused a number of dog deaths due to severe onset anemia.

Has anyone else heard anything about this?

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February 13, 20060 found this helpful

Any vaccine can be harmful to a dog. It all depends on the dog. I think I would go with a more traditional heartworm prevention course, like the tablets you give them once a month.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 13, 20060 found this helpful

I've also read bad things about the shot. I give mine heartgard & have for a long time with no adverse affects. I tend to go for the tried & true. Not only for my furkids, but for me too.

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February 13, 20060 found this helpful

Yes I have. My neighbor's vet does not use the shots anymore because they have caused deaths in dogs.

I have two dogs and I have always given them Heartguard. They have never had a problem and I trust it. I would not give them the shot!!!

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February 14, 20060 found this helpful

I have a 7 year old mixed breed beagle and she was using the six month heartworm shots, until they were taken off the market because of some dog fatalities. I read online about the vaccine and most of the dogs who died were aged or not in good health so they are not sure if the vaccine is related to their deaths or not. So until further testing, your vet should not be using, the vacine. Sandy did all right and it made sure I did not forget her meds, but I won't use the vaccine again until they can prove that it will not harm my girl.

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February 26, 20060 found this helpful

I used to give my dogs HeartGuard for heartworm prevention. It is quite expensive and their is a much cheaper alternative. The main ingredient Ivermectin kills heartworms. You can purchase Ivermectin or Ivomec injection(but you don't inject it) 1% solution for cattle and swine and use it in dogs!! I was told this by the Doberman rescue group I adopted my Roxi from. They have been using it for years and I for one year now. It works great!

Here is the link for directions on how to use this:

http://www.beag  neheartworms.htm

Here is one of the many websites where you can buy it:

http://www.upco.com/

Search for Ivermectin

Here is the website to buy the syringe (you only need to buy one as you keep using it over and over-(YOU DO NOT INJECT THE IVERMECTIN INTO YOUR DOG, only use the syringe to get the Ivermectin out of the injectable bottle):

http://www.upco  roduct/View/SYR3

Jim in Jax

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 14, 20060 found this helpful

We were told this past weekend that our dog has. We were told that the treatment could harm him including death. But without treatment he would also die. We started the treatment that Saturday. Scoby is doing just fine. The hard part is if you have a active pet, you have to keep it as calm as you can.

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March 15, 20060 found this helpful

I am so sorry about your dog! I hope everything goes well for him. I do not remember what the site was, but some dog-owners were receiving compensation for their vet bills from the mfg. of the injectible. I think the parent company was Wyeth.

Help with vet bills does not even begin to help with the heartbreak of your dog being so sick. But, you know, it might be worth looking into because according to what I read, they didn't do the testing they should have, but marketed anyway. Having to pay pet owners might make a difference in future corporate decisions and save other pets' health.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 18, 20060 found this helpful

I have had a dog that was a rescue and I had a private vet for her so the shots costed $600, but it was worth it. I wanted the dog. The shots almost killed my dog the the vet had to come at my house at 10:00 at night one night to pump fluid into her shoulders. If he had not come till the morning then the dog would be dead.

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June 20, 20060 found this helpful

I will soon be adopting a 40 pound dog named Josh. This dog has heartworms and I am looking for what is the lowest price on Heartworm shots. What is the lowest price for a heartworm shot for a 40 lb dog that is not far in the process of heartworms?

Sophie from New Orleans, LA

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June 20, 20060 found this helpful

Heartworm is a very serious condition. You have to know your veternarian (sp?) and be able to trust that his charges are fair. Don't delay. Get that dog cared for. Maybe the spca or some other organization could give you an idea of how much they usually cost. Or ask your local Animal Control Officer, is your town has one.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 21, 20060 found this helpful

i adopted a large dog several years ago . the dog had heartworms. the treatment for killing heartworms is expensive and makes the dog so sick mine would not eat. it takes several days and getting them to eat is one worry,,, i tried boiled chicken and hand fed it to the dog ...she recovered and lived 7 more years, the only way. is the treatment.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 21, 20060 found this helpful

not that cost is not important but you need to give that dog the best care possible. heart worm treatment is expensive. if you are adopting from a rescue they probably would help with the treatment. if cost is a concern maybe you shouldn't adopt this dog.

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June 21, 20060 found this helpful

Do a search on Google and look for companies in Australia. I buy all my pet meds from a company down under because I save, even including the shipping in the price of the item. I use Revolution because it gets fleas and protects against heartworms and the pet can be bathed without it loosing it's effect. I went to my vet first though and would advise this.

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June 22, 20060 found this helpful

Self treatment for heartworm is not an option and it is fatal unless treated ASAP. I agree with Sandy 63, if cost is a concern, perhaps this is not the dog for you.

Jennifer

Northern Virginia

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June 22, 20060 found this helpful

I've never heard of heartworm shots - just pills. If the dog already has heartworms, he has to go through the whole treatment. If you give him the pills, it will kill all the worms at once and once dead they let go of the tissue and float through the blood stream. All of them dying at once will most likely block a blood vein and cause a heart attack. I also adopted a dog from the humane society that had heartworms. The suggestion to ask them for help in getting the necessary treatment is the best advice I've heard. I didn't even think of that. Also, recovery is very tricky!!!!!!!! I had a rat terrier (very hyper dogs). I was severly warned from the vet that he was not to get excited and jump around after treatment during recovery. Just letting him out of the carrier to go potty was tough. I kept a leash on him to try and keep his movements to a minimum at all times. He survived and was a blessing to our family. I hope all goes well for you. Pets are a very special blessing from God. That kind of unconditional love is even sometimes hard to find in your own parents and children.

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January 9, 2008

Does anyone have any tips for treating dogs with heart worms naturally? I know natural tips to prevent them.

Cajunangel from Shreveport, LA

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