Was your dog treated for heartworm?

@seamonkey (1981)
Ireland
March 8, 2007 4:27pm CST
My dog was 1 when he got sick and was subsequently cured. The vets said it would take 2 years off of his life as the treatment was so harsh. He is now 14 and a breed that normally lives to be 8-10. If your dog has survived heartworm, how has it, if at all, impaced his later health?
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Well, the last dog we had we discovered heart worms at 11 & my regular vet didn't want to treat her. So I tracked down an old friend who is now a vet & she did it (yes, it cost a lot!) She lived to 16 & kidney failure finally got her. Not too bad for a yard dog who spent most of her first year as a stray.
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@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
9 Mar 07
I think they wouldn't have treated my fella at that age. They said the treatment was so harsh that some dogs don't survive it. Well done for your dog to make it to 16. It looks like my old man is going to keep chugging on for awhile yet, too.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 11
My dogs haven't contracted heartworms yet but i am now concerned that they may have one in the future. I will try to look for vet's here who does vaccinations for heartworms.
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
Not actually, my lab's vet adviced me that he needed the vaccination after his 5in1's has finished. It is very vital that he gets this every six months just to be safe. Other treatment I know is orally taken monthly.