I was just wondering, if you could share your experiences. I'm making an appt. for Joe tomorrow to get tested, updated with shots, etc and I am sooo scared he may have them. He's never been on heartworm medication, I', ashamed to say. We never knew the dangers, (I was only 10 when we got him and parents didn't do research,etc) and I have never heard of them until I came to this forum months ago and I'm thankful I came across it. Sophie is on medication right now and she's up to date with everything and now it's his turn....Mom assumes he's ok but I'm making an appointment anyway.
ALSO, we've had him for 9 years and hasn't had symptoms...he is slowing down but still drags me on walks and romps with 1 yr old Sophie.
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I have had people tell me it was too expensive espically if you have more than one dog. It is worth every penny in my book. I have 3 dogs and I buy one box for the male because he weights more than the 2 females. Then they share a box because they are near the same weight. Mine are on Interceptor and have been all their lives. It is really important, heart worms are contagious and if you have more than one dog I would put them all on it. Good luck with your baby, hope everything is okay.
Where do you like, Heff? If you're in a mosquito prone area- I'm sad to say, it's VERY likely he's HW+. Texas, the gulf- all our high HW areas. Is Joe an "outside" dog? That ups the chances QUITE a bit. :(
It's so sad to me that people don't do this basic thing for their pets. But you're right- some people just don't know. And if the pet isn't getting regular vet exams (I won't go into THAT now)... they won't learn about it from the vet. :(
HW is tricky- a dog's outlook varies a lot, depending on it's progression. Dogs DO die from it- and even during treatment. It's expensive to treat heartworm- much worse than that silly $2 pill. We lost a few rescues to it last year. In FL, a HUGE percentage of owner turn-ins are HW+. Darn those people. It costs us hundreds to treat those dogs and months to get them to an adoptable state- then people go and complain about a $200 adoption fee. Sheesh.
I live in Kentucky, we get mosquitos but it's not really bad. I wish mom knew the dangers a while back but she just didn't know. It's nobodies fault if he's positive. If he's positive, I probably won't treat him just because of the high chance he could die sooner. He doesn't have any signs but he will let me know when it's time to go if he's positive...He's 13 and he has had a great life
***Edited By: heffanator on 4/5/2005 9:02:52 PM*** Reason: ...
I had a doberman about 20 years ago who got heart worm. We live in the northeast and years ago they only gave the heartworm meds from march to november. Well that year we has a heat wave in january and that is when he was infected. The treatment at that time was arsnic iv in the vets office for about a week to kill off the adults and then a purple pill for 90 days to kill of the larva. The treatment was very expensive and the experience for the dog was worse. We switched to interceptor and we now give it all year round even in the dead of winter and havn't had any problems since.
I know if he's positive, I don't want to treat him. I don't want dad to spend tons on him if it may kill him. We have the money, I just think it would be worse on Joe. He hasn't had any signs in the 9 years I've had him but I will know when it's time for him to go. I think he'll live longer without the treatment, not by much but I'd rather buy him some time
***Edited By: heffanator on 4/6/2005 1:40:23 AM*** Reason: ..
If he tests LOW positive you can put him on INTERCEPTOR which is a heartworm med. I have mostly collies and one of my last rescues came in heartworm pos. She has been on interceptor for 6 months now and the heartworm test last week showed completely clear. What happens is that the interceptor first kills all the eggs and new worms and then if kept up will attack and kill the adults. Of course the worse it is the longer it may take. If nothing else it prevents it from getting worse
Colliemom- he can have interceptor even if he's low positive?? If he has it, it isn't advanced, because then they start to show symptoms. I would like that if it will help it from getting worse. His appointment is 2:30 on friday....wish him luck!
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