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Old 09-01-2009, 02:37 PM
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Anybody here ever have to deal with heartworm and treating their dog for it?
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Old 09-01-2009, 02:47 PM
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Not my personal dogs but fosters . Daughter's Lab , Yogi , was negative when she adopted him , so was put on preventives and the next spring's test was positive . Very scary !
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:24 PM
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What do you want to know about it? I've never had to treat any of my dogs with it but have treated other people's dogs for it. It's very time consuming, very expensive, and the chemicals used are arsenic compounds which aren't exactly the safest things on the planet but they're one of the few things we have that works in treating them.

Much cheaper to buy the preventative.
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:25 PM
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My foster dog has heartworm and we have already started her treatment.

Now for the first part of the treatment she is home with me, but she has to be kept calm. Meaning, no long walks, no playing fetch, so pretty much heart rate must be kept minimal.

She is really bummed out right now. She loves to play fetch and to participate in our daily long walk. But the vet strictly said "no" to fetch and long strenuous walks.

Is there anything I can do to re-assure her so she doesn't get so bored and so she doesn't think that she is being punished for something?
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