06-13-2018, 12:12 PM
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Fast-kill or slow-kill for HW? Experiences?
So I found out my baby, a 5 year old mutt (likely has beagle in her) is heartworm positive. She was negative in January. I took her in for another check because I heard her and another one of my pups make a little 'cough" noise; didn't think anything of it at first, then it just (for some reason) popped in my head to look up symptoms of heartworms. Anyways, only one of them is positive. She has no other symptoms- no lethargy, etc. My vet has thoroughly explained the slow-kill and fast-kill treatments to me, and he truly believes that Honey will do wonderful with either treatment, especially being otherwise healthy and really having no symptoms. I've read and read online trying to decide which treatment to do; I'm scared of the injections because there is that little chance that it could cause spinal-cord issues (I know its pretty small, but is a possibility), and the risk of swelling and problems if it extravasates. Also worried that the possibility of embolisms and complications is higher with the heavier dead worm load that comes with the fast kill method. Can anyone give me their experiences? Honey is active but is skittish and is fine being inside, even kenneled or confined to one room most of the day. I just want to make the right decision for her, no matter what it costs me, money or time.
Last edited by care11; 06-13-2018 at 12:14 PM.