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Old 04-07-2011, 08:02 PM
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I want to share my story. Rosey was due for her yearly checkup, shots, etc. To my shock she tested positive for heartworms. When I say shocked, my whole body was shaking. She has been on Interceptor from the beginning and has always tested negative, until now. The vet said, maybe you forgot or she spit it out. My response to that was NO! She always takes her pill as it was a treat. She has always been given her heartworm pill, first of all the pills are not cheap, second I love my dog and I know heartworms kill. The vet has suggested treating her with Advantage Multi and Doxycycline. I am sick about the whole thing. You think you are doing the right thing, taking care of your dog, and now look, who knew, certainly not me. I had no clue that she could still get heartworms. I live in south Louisiana, and the vet claims that he has been having a lot of cases such as mine. Any info on this treatment, let me know. Thanks!
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I want to share my story. Rosey was due for her yearly checkup, shots, etc. To my shock she tested positive for heartworms. When I say shocked, my whole body was shaking. She has been on Interceptor from the beginning and has always tested negative, until now. The vet said, maybe you forgot or she spit it out. My response to that was NO! She always takes her pill as it was a treat. She has always been given her heartworm pill, first of all the pills are not cheap, second I love my dog and I know heartworms kill. The vet has suggested treating her with Advantage Multi and Doxycycline. I am sick about the whole thing. You think you are doing the right thing, taking care of your dog, and now look, who knew, certainly not me. I had no clue that she could still get heartworms. I live in south Louisiana, and the vet claims that he has been having a lot of cases such as mine. Any info on this treatment, let me know. Thanks!
Calm down, don't worry, heartworms can be treated and can go away mediumly. Sometimes heartworm pills don't digest and cannot work in the dogs body, and they do not get the nourishment. But thats rare. I'm pretty sure its a small case of heartworms, where as if he puts your dog on a medicine, they'll go away easily and hopefully never return.
Don't be so upset, vets know NO ONE ever hurts their animals on purpose, and he's not blaming you for the case of heartworms. Listen to him and ask for a medicine for your dog to treat the worms. They might be gone in less than a week or three days. It depends how bad they are. But heartworms can't kill a dog instantly, it takes a while for them to multiply and finally devour and hurt the heart.
Just calm down, your dog will be okay and make it through. I promise. Take your vets instructions and prescriptions now!
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Yikes! I can't imagine how scary this must be for you!
There are several members here who have also gone through the process of treating heartworms. I am hoping that they can share some personal experience and advice with you!
Just a few threads...
https://www.dogforum.com/dog-health/h...opinions-7086/
https://www.dogforum.com/dog-health/h...ookworms-8429/

I just also wanted to reassure you that you shouldn't feel guilty! You were doing everything right.
Luckily it sounds as if this was caught early on which definitely will help in the healing process!!!

I hope treatment goes well and that Rosey tests negative very soon! Good luck and please keep us posted!
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Thank goodness for the internet!! Its 1am and I'm up scouring the net for the "right thing to do". My dog (or more accruatly my furry four legged child) just tested positive as well. Shocked... for sure. Terrified... YES! I'm sure that this is one place I wont sound like a foil hat wearing drama queen when I say that our girls (two lab mixes) being hurt/sick is just simply unacceptable. For the posts ahead of me.... I'm so sorry to hear that your Rosie is positive and I certainly hope shes good as new in the very very near future. To those who responded... THANK YOU. Your posts helped settle me down a bit as well. My dog was negative in March of this year. Yesterday she tested positive. My worried brain is holding onto the idea that this is a GOOD thing.. considering. Perhaps the best senario in a bad situation? Does anyone have any knowledge (or links) regarding the success rate of the Heartguard (or the like) type meds in conjunction with Doxycycline, in "new" cases? I'm just curious if the Immiticide is always necessary. I'd just like to keep the thread going.... gather as much information as possible.... and perhaps even sleep tonight. Thanks for bearing with the long post. Good health and waggin tails to all your furry kids!!
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