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Old 06-04-2019, 03:41 PM   #16
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I have meant to ask, what heartworm preventative medication did you use?


We just had to go and get our dog the blood test and a refill and I thought of this thread when I was picking up the medication. We use the Sentinel chews for our 40 pounder. (I was really concerned while awaiting the results of her test, but she tested negative. PTL!)
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:06 PM   #17
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Is this the slow kill method you're talking about?

Heartgard (slow kill)

The "slow kill" method, which is a newer approach, is the one prefered by us for treatment of dogs who are in Stage 1 of the infection. It consists of giving the dog Heartgard on a monthly basis. This heartworm preventative medication has some effect against the adult worms and should gradually eliminate them over a period of one to two years; without treatment, the worms can live up to five years. The earlier the treatment is started after infection, the more quickly it will work to eliminate the adult worms. Note that only Heartgard (ivermectin) should be used, as Revolution (selamectin) affects far fewer adult worms, and Interceptor (milbemycin oxime) almost none at all.

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Old 06-04-2019, 04:32 PM   #18
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3 how many dogs have u treated?

The dog we briefly adopted and didn't work out and returned was heartworm positive. We knew she HAD been but the rescue lady did the slow treat.
Our vet did the blood test and it came back positive.

He did the quick treat and says the slow treat is not always going to be effective and that's why he never recommends it. Plus he said they are just as much as a risk for a break off clot as the fast treat so you have to be careful with physical activity for months and months instead of weeks.


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The cost for us was a reduced price for $650 (due to him being a service dog)

ours was $400 but its only a blood test. 2 treatments with overnights both times and a repeat blood test. But we live in a very low COL so that's probably why.


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It consists of giving the dog Heartgard on a monthly basis. This heartworm preventative medication has some effect against the adult worms and should gradually eliminate them over a period of one to two years; without treatment, the worms can live up to five years.

The slow treat the rescue person did was a slow treat TWICE a month for 6 months. Which may be why it didnt' work.



But according to both our vet and the pet day care people said they are at risk for a clot during that entire time.


That is the sum total of what Ive been told about heartworm.


But it is so heartbreaking. I hope you get full reimbursement.
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No here’s a link describing it.
Weekly dose Of what’s normally a monthly preventative plus an antibiotic. (Once you get to surgery in the article , you’ve gone too far)
https://www.google.com/amp/s/healthy...heartworm.aspx

I’m pretty sure we were using interceptor. But we r obviously not going back to that nor are we using it for treatment.

Suzie went to the vet yesterday. She’s been classified as early stage w no microfilae in her blood, minimal heart enlargement and artery enlargement. So we r very hopeful.

Basically she’s so high strung we don’t think she’d survive the other option anyways. Plus our vet primarily uses the slow kill Method as he’s more holistic. We’d have to use the other vet in the practice if wanted her to get traditional treatment .

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No here’s a link describing it.
Weekly dose Of what’s normally a monthly preventative plus an antibiotic. (Once you get to surgery in the article , you’ve gone too far)
https://www.google.com/amp/s/healthy...heartworm.aspx

I’m pretty sure we were using interceptor. But we r obviously not going back to that nor are we using it for treatment.

Suzie went to the vet yesterday. She’s been classified as early stage w no microfilae in her blood, minimal heart enlargement and artery enlargement. So we r very hopeful.

Basically she’s so high strung we don’t think she’d survive the other option anyways. Plus our vet primarily uses the slow kill Method as he’s more holistic. We’d have to use the other vet in the practice if wanted her to get traditional treatment .
Thank you for sharing this. I hope it works. I like that it reduces the risk of clotting.
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Thank you for sharing this. I hope it works. I like that it reduces the risk of clotting.



Our vet doesn’t actually do traditional treatment anymore and he’s been treating dogs this way for over a decade. In that time, He has only had one dog be “resistant” to treatment and the tech said “that’s cuz he never remembered to give Medicine” (our vet tech is amazing she’s spunky). Actually both vets and the staff have been phenomenal.
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I'm so glad it's early stage!!!!
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