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Old 11-28-2011, 12:19 PM
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Default Maggie has heartworms.

My mom skipped a month of prevention sometime earlier because she thought it was too cold for mosquitoes, and now Maggie has heartworms

Does anyone have any advice? We're doing a month of antibiotics to weaken them, then 3-6 months of some sort of liquid medication to kill them. Is this a good method?

Ugh, I hate this.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:08 PM
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What we usually do at work is doxycycline for a couple months, a couple injections of ivermectin a month apart, then a single shot of immiticide, then I think a month later a shot of immiticide and another the next day. Or something like that. But I also know immiticide is hard to come by right now.

If you're just doing ivermectin, it'll kill the microfilaria and sterilize the female heartworms (and thus shrink them since they're mostly baby machines), but it won't kill the adult heartworms. They will die when their lifespan is over (2-3 years maybe?) but they'll still be there until then.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:34 PM
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I'm so sorry! I have no advise, but this reminds me that I need to get the dogs tested.
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What we usually do at work is doxycycline for a couple months, a couple injections of ivermectin a month apart, then a single shot of immiticide, then I think a month later a shot of immiticide and another the next day. Or something like that. But I also know immiticide is hard to come by right now.

If you're just doing ivermectin, it'll kill the microfilaria and sterilize the female heartworms (and thus shrink them since they're mostly baby machines), but it won't kill the adult heartworms. They will die when their lifespan is over (2-3 years maybe?) but they'll still be there until then.
Is just the ivermectin significantly cheaper? Do the females still cause damage until they die? Curiosity.
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Keep in mind there is an immiticide shortage right now - so whatever method your vet is using is probably the only method available.
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:06 PM
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Is just the ivermectin significantly cheaper? Do the females still cause damage until they die? Curiosity.
Ivermectin is MUCH cheaper and depending on the situation can be easier on the dog.

And as I said earlier and as Sizzle said, immiticide can be hard to get a hold of at the moment. It's only made by ONE compant and they have some sort of issue with making it - I think one of the ingredients was unavailable in the US.

The sterilized females may cause some damage while they're there, but it's not as bad as full-size heartworms, plus there are no microfilaria being produced so they can stay on heartworm preventative (a lot of times all you have to do is give the dog Heartgard or a generic ivermectin-based preventative monthly as always). And the dog isn't a source of infection for other dogs (via mosquitos).
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((((((HUGS))))) and good recovery vibes for Miss Maggie.
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If you're just doing ivermectin, it'll kill the microfilaria and sterilize the female heartworms (and thus shrink them since they're mostly baby machines), but it won't kill the adult heartworms. They will die when their lifespan is over (2-3 years maybe?) but they'll still be there until then.
When Missy came into the rescue, she tested heartworm positive. We've been doing this (first her foster mom, then us) for two years, and we're going to test her again in the spring.
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((((((HUGS))))) and good recovery vibes for Miss Maggie.
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