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Cheaper Heartworm Treatment for Dogs


My son took his dog to the vet and he says the dog has heartworms. The vet said not to use the "normal" treatment for heartworms, even though it's cheaper, because it might kill the dog. His recommended course of treatment is $700. No way my son can afford it and no way can I help him afford it. Is there a clinic that can do it for a cheaper price...or is the doctor wrong about the cheaper heartworm treatment being deadly, and is just trying to upsell us?






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Choirboy
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re: Cheaper Heartworm Treatment for Dogs


Go to a country feed and seed and ask for directions and a bottle of this.





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Dev
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^That's used for prevention though, never heard of it working as treatment (of heartworms).





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The Boat
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whats up with all the vet threads lately

dev lets go get some china food






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Dev
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If you're in the 361

actually I think I'll be heading to bed, no more Butkus chaos...night






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LSUinmyDNA
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sure they tell you that the heartworm preventatives will kill your dog cause they want to do the eradication treatment onthe dog.

Did the vet say how bad the case of Heartworms was?

If the case is really bad, then you might just want to put the dog down. I had a Weimeraner rescue and did the treatment and he died as a result of the treatment.







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Puffoluffagus
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What ive been taught is that the reason they do the treatment as opposed to giving the preventative is that giving them the preventative kills them quickly. Killing them quickly though increases the chances the worms will just be stuck and in the heart and kill the dog.





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fishfighter
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OK,this is what I was told by my daughter.

The treatment can kill most dogs if they are infested with the worms. Also a lot depends on the health of the dog too! If the dog is very active(runs a lot) it has a very good chance to make it.

I had one dog that did go thru the treatment with flying colors. Most dogs are kept overnight were mine was discharged after 4 hours.

Oh, the meds are not cheap!






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CCT
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Thanks. They still want to do an X-ray to see how bad they are. That costs more, too...

Thanks, y'all.






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HeadSlash
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A little harsh but






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Bdog9090
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It depends on how bad the heartworms are. The cheapest way to treat would be to keep the dog on heartworm preventatives. The problem with that is that treating the dog with just preventatives takes a really long time to clear the heartworms. So the heartworms are still hurting the heart while you treat.

I got a dog about a year ago that already had high-antigen heartworms. I got her in the summer, and my vet suggested not treating her until it cooled off. We just kept her on heartworm preventative and then had her treated in November.

I'm not sure of the price of the treatment, as our vet was my girlfriend's aunt and just charged us the cost of the Immiticide. It is costly though. But, once treated, the success rate is really high, so it's worth it.

Here is something I pulled from the internet about treatment.

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There are three conventional methods of treating heartworm: a "fast kill" method using Immiticide (melarsomine); a "slow kill" method using Heartgard (ivermectin); and a surgical method, where the worms are surgically removed from the arteries. In addition, there are so-called holistic treatments, such as Paratox homeopathic or herbal preparations.

Immiticide (Fast Kill)
This is the method preferred by us for dogs beyond stage 1 of the infection. Standard treatment with Immiticide consists of giving two injections 24 hours apart, then keeping the dog strictly confined for the next four to six weeks. The injections must be given in a painful location — the muscle close to the dog’s spine in the lumbar (lower back) area. The worms start to die immediately. As their bodies begin to decompose, pieces are “shed” into the dog’s bloodstream and filtered out through the dog’s lungs. This can cause the dog to cough and gag, or lead to a fatal pulmonary embolism.
The dog must be kept confined and his physical exertion kept to an absolute minimum, in order to prevent pieces of the dead worms from being forced by a rapid heart rate and/or increased blood pressure into clogging the tiny blood vessels in his lungs, causing embolisms. This generally means that the dog must be kept crated or penned and allowed out to potty only on a leash. Aspirin may be prescribed to lower the risk of blood clots, though this is controversial. Remember that it’s dangerous to combine aspirin with any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or with prednisone, and to give it only with food.

Heartgard (slow kill)
The "slow kill" method, which is a newer approach, is the one prefered by us for treatment of dogs who are in Stage 1 of the infection. It consists of giving the dog Heartgard on a monthly basis. This heartworm preventative medication has some effect against the adult worms and should gradually eliminate them over a period of one to two years; without treatment, the worms can live up to five years. The earlier the treatment is started after infection, the more quickly it will work to eliminate the adult worms. Note that only Heartgard (ivermectin) should be used, as Revolution (selamectin) affects far fewer adult worms, and Interceptor (milbemycin oxime) almost none at all.
Although this method is gentler than the use of Immiticide, the danger from the dying worms is still present, and for a much longer period. A recent Italian study showed that pet dogs (as opposed to the caged laboratory dogs this method had been tested on before) did get pulmonary emboli and some of the dogs died of it. The more active the dog, the higher the risk.

Surgical methods
Surgical methods of heartworm removal require specialized training and instrumentation, and are generally reserved for high-risk patients who would not otherwise be expected to survive. The surgery is followed by one of the more standard treatments a few weeks later to kill any remaining worms.






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TeddyPadillac
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We adopted two lab mixes.
both had a little over mild heartworms.
Vet told us about the eradication stuff but then told us there was a cheaper method that they have been trying lately.
we had to give them there monthly heartworm medicine, which was the liquid you put behind their neck and by their tail. it's supposed to be a lot stronger than the type given by mouth.
we also had to do some antibiotics that we had to give them twice a day for a month, which got difficult b/c we couldn't hide it in treats or food b/c they started to realize it was in the food or treat. we ended up just shoving it down their throat everyday.
we had to do it every other month and did it 3 times over 6 months.
Neither dog has heartworms anymore.






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tiger94gop
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GO to the feed store and buy paste wormer or Ivomec (you mix with water and put in their throat with a syringe). Give them the paste (a dab about the size of your fingertip to your first knuckle) everyday for two weeks and then every two weeks.

I had a dog who lived for 15 years, never inside, never to the vet. Survived Parvo virus and eventually died we believe from cancer. If you are diligent it will work. I have read of several breeders who this is all they do.






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DONHOGG
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All the vet. gives your dog in this preventative is Ivomec. It may kill him if he has worms bad if not give about a tenth of a cc 1 time a week for 3 or 4 weeks. Then a .25 to 1cc according to the dogs size. Go to Jeffers.com and order the generic. I use to have over 70 foxhounds and became 1/2 vet.





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Neauxla
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Maybe your son should have been buying his frontline/advantage on a monthly basis.

Poor dog.






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DONHOGG
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How the hell is frontline or advantage going to keep dogs from getting heartworms? We live in the south and my vet told me all dogs here will have heartworms its just how bad. These don't keep mosquitoes from bitting your dog I don't care what the label says.





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Neauxla
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ummm they have heartworm medicine/preventative





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oilmanNO
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Stop being cheap and help your son save his dog





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TexasTiger89
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How the hell is frontline or advantage going to keep dogs from getting heartworms?


I have been using for 10 years on various dogs with no heartworm issues. You may want to get a new vet.






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Neauxla
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How the hell is frontline or advantage going to keep dogs from getting heartworms?


Microfilaria molt twice in the mosquito before becoming infectious to dogs - a mosquito feeds on your dog transferring infectious microfilaria

The preventative kills the molting microfilaria at step three in the life cycle. At this step your pet has microfilaria in his/her tissues and will develop heartworm disease unless you give the preventive. The preventive does not kill near-adult or adult heartworms.






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