My dog Tony went in for his second and third heartworm treatments on Monday. I was already discouraged. Tony was supposed to have his treatments last week but the vet went out of town! Normally this would be no big deal, but given the confinement required for dogs with heartworm a missed week IS a big deal.
Today I got even worse news. Besides the $380 bill, with $327 of that going for the heartworm medicine ("adulticide"), my dog Tony has to stay confined an additional four weeks! He has already been locked up for five weeks!
Maybe the vet is being overly cautious, but I guess I can't take any chances. He says if Tony makes it through the next few weeks then I can start letting him out for normal activity. Signs to watch for are breathing problems and coughing.
My advice is: if you own a dog, don't take any chances. Get your dog on a heartworm preventative. It wasn't my fault, I got Tony from a German Shepherd Rescue, he had been found wandering about by the river. So he probably already had heartworm when I got him. But I won't be taking any chances from now on. All of my dogs will be on heartworm preventative year round.
9 years ago