I found a Boston Terrier rescue group nearby and they have a female, 14 mos. old who tested positive for heartworm. She's been treated by the vet and is ready to go to a good home. She's the same size as the one we just lost during teeth-cleaning procedure. We know nothing about heartworm and the damage they can cause. Any info will be appreciated.
We had a 3 year old samoyed that had heartworm when we got him when I was growing up. He had to be treated for it. An untreated heartworm infestation typically ends up being deadly to the dog. The worms literally fill up the right side of the heart and the arteries of the lungs. The first symptoms of a heartworm infestation are a cough that doesn't go away, the dog may faint when exerted or act listless and have no energy. What usually ends up happening is the dog grows weaker and weaker, until it ends up dying from congestive heart failure. Our samoyed did fine after he was treated for them for a week, at that time it required being kenneled at the vet's office and being given arsenic, believe it or not. Nowdays, there's another compound called immiticide. If the dog is only barely a year old, he actuually may be better off than an older dog. It probably means that the heartworms haven't been in his body long enough to cause the severe infestations seen in some dogs, where the heartworms actually infest the veins of the liver and lungs too. The big thing is, for several weeks after treatment, the dog needs to be kept forcibly inactive, so the dog's body can absorb the dead worms. Over exertion can cause the dead worms to dislodge, travel to the lungs, and cause death. Honestly, IMHO if people are dog owners they have no excuse for their dogs getting heartworm, not when it is so easily prevented by a simple monthly pill. Im sorry that this dog you are considering rescueing has it.
in a young dog such as this heartworms shouldn't have been in the dogs system long enough to cause any permanent damage. it is good she was treated and i think she will be fine for you to adopt. i have a dog who i can't put on heartworm prevention. he has an allergic reaction to both interceptor and heartguard. he gets really sick so he has been off it since he was 1. i test him every year so if he does contract the heartworms i can catch it early before it does any damage. but i would never suggest this to anyone. my other dog is on it all year round. good luck with your new baby.
I have been researching every web site I can find and am looking for a simple dose chart for giving ivermectin for heartworm treatment as a monthly dose. Anyone out there got a simple dose/weight chart for dogs?