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Old 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.

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If you totally trust your Vet, ask him or her for recommendation's, then follow his or her advice.
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If you totally trust your Vet, ask him or her for recommendation's, then follow his or her advice.
Like I said, he thinks either treatment will be successful with her and says honestly in her case he does not recommend one over the other.
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When my dad's dog had heartworms they went for the fast kill because she was pretty severe (never before tested or on preventative) and they wanted it to be over with.

She did really well, but they didn't go away in the timeframe so she had to do it an extra month. But she's pretty happy and healthy now.
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Fortunately I live in a part of the country where heart worms are very rare and so the only cases I have treated have been from out of state, or at least a long way from Los Angeles. But we did get a lot of dogs ate the rescue right after Katrina and 100% of those dogs (28 out of 28) were positive for heart worm infection. One was pretty severely affected having a pretty high worm burden. We decided to pretreat him for a few weeks, but that was not enough and he died soon after we treated him with the Immiticide. After that, we did the one year slow kill technique for all the rest and they all did fine. Since then I have always treated cases with as much caution as possible, despite my friends in Florida laughing at my paranoia (they treat a case a day they said).
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