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Heartworm from a dog with Heartworm?

There is a Shih Tzu in our neighborhood who came here from Puerto Rico and was diagnosed with Heartworm. She is being treated. And my boys have never missed a dose of their interceptor...but the have sniffed and smelled this dog and I know this dog does his biz around the neighborhood, not sure if they pick up after her or not.

Are Jasper and Cash at any risk?

Bandit the dog with heartworm lives with another healthy 11 month old Shih Tzu and they are both in full coat and from a distance they look just like our Neezers. I hope she will be ok and that my boys have had no chance of infection. I think I will call my vet.




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Hi Missy,
I just did a search online and found that heartworm is not contagious from dog to dog. Here is a link. http://www.hamiltonhumane.com/heartworm/heartworm.htm

I hope your neighbors puppy is okay.


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You're fine....no worries

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I'm happy to hear that your dogs are safe. It's good you give them the meds too. That poor dog, I understand that the treatment for heartworm is not fun.
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That is scary, I'm glad your two are ok and hope the other dog will be too.

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I called the vet and they confirmed what you wrote Karen. I am relieved. I hope little bandit is OK too.




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I'm happy to hear that your dogs are safe. It's good you give them the meds too. That poor dog, I understand that the treatment for heartworm is not fun.
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I think they changed the treatment to giving the dog the regular heartworm medications. It takes longer to get rid of the heartworms but it isn't as radical as the other way

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Years ago I went through a heartworm treatment with a boxer. My understanding is the treatment may not be as radical but you still need to keep the dog quiet for up to 6 weeks. The worms are killed in the heart, then decompose and are pumped out naturally. The more excited the dog gets the better chance of the dead worms being pumped out too fast and causing a clog (heart attack). Has the treatment changed so you don’t need the rest period?

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Years ago I went through a heartworm treatment with a boxer. My understanding is the treatment may not be as radical but you still need to keep the dog quiet for up to 6 weeks. The worms are killed in the heart, then decompose and are pumped out naturally. The more excited the dog gets the better chance of the dead worms being pumped out too fast and causing a clog (heart attack). Has the treatment changed so you don’t need the rest period?
It's changed big time. Now they just give the regular monthly heartworm medication and your dog lives a normal life. I don't know if they can do this with a really bad case though. The old treatment could kill the dog and was very harsh but they found that the heartworm meds kill off the worms over time

**Let me put in a disclaimer here. I learned about this through the local non kill shelter since most of their dogs are heartworm positive. I asked my vet briefly about it and he said yes, the treatment has changed drastically

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apparently this dog with Heartworm is very weak. My DH saw them and they were only walking the other dog.




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