All dogs are at risk for potentially deadly heartworm disease

Signs of heartworm disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss. As heartworm disease progresses, pets may develop heart failure and the appearance of a swollen belly due to excess fluid in the abdomen. Dogs with large numbers of heartworms can develop a sudden blockages of blood flow within the heart leading to a life-threatening form of cardiovascular collapse. This is called caval syndrome, and is marked by a sudden onset of labored breathing, pale gums, and dark bloody or coffee-colored urine. Without prompt surgical removal of the heartworm blockage, few dogs survive.

Why can’t I just use Vectra® 3D for Dogs or a heartworm preventive only?

The Heartgard dosage to prevent heartworm, as I once wrote down from their old literature, is 6 micrograms per kilogram of body weight. But buying the high-priced pills from the vet is too expensive for most people, and you get the same results by shopping where the livestock farmers shop. The insert in some packages of 1% ivermectin recommends one milliliter (1 ml = approx. 1 cc) per 110 pounds of bovine, and 1 ml per 75 pounds of swine. Anatomically and medically speaking, dogs are more similar to pigs than to cows, and the swine dosage is a fair starting point for almost all breeds. Equivalent in medical jargon is 300 micrograms per kilogram of body weight in swine, much higher than what I use monthly. These cattle/swine dosages are designed both “for the treatment and control of internal and external parasites,” the box says.

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Are changes made in the treatment protocol for dogs that have severe heartworm disease? I live in San Francisco, California. Heartworm is rare here. It is true that many dogs live here and don’t contract heartworm disease even if they don’t receive regular heartworm prevention. That cannot be said about plenty of other places. In many parts of the world — anywhere tropical, and anywhere where it’s ever warm and humid — heartworm is endemic. Dogs who don’t receive heartworm prevention are virtually assured of being infested with the parasites. (For instance, remember that Kabang, who lost her snout, had to undergo treatment for heartworm before she could undergo surgery for her snout.)

Petshed Petcyclopedia : Heartworm Medication For Dogs

It is the most widely used test because it detects antigens (proteins) produced by adult heartworms. It can be positive even if the dog does not have any microfilariae in the bloodstream (approximately 20% of cases). Dogs with less than four or five adult heartworms may not have produced enough circulating antigen to produce a positive test result, so there may be an occasional false negative result in dogs with a low burden of parasites, or in the early stages of infection. Because the detected antigen is only produced by the female heartworm, a population of only male heartworms will also give a false negative. Therefore, there must be at least four to five female worms for a positive result by this test.

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