Heart worm parasites are common in homeless and stray dogs.
Most dogs do not show any signs early in infection. But, eventually - without treatment - the dog’s heart and pulmonary arteries become enlarged due to mechanical obstruction of the worms, inflammation and damage to the heart valves.
- Usually, treatment requires three injections.
- The drug is very irritating, so the needle is inserted deep into the muscles of your pet's back. After the injection, pets are sore and stiff and require "bed rest" for a period of time.
- The first week to 10 days after treatment are the most dangerous.
- A month later, two additional injections are given 24 hours apart. Strict rest is still very important after the second and third injections.
Treatment is very hard on the dogs, and requires special care from our foster families, and of course additional medical expenses.
On average, the medical expenses for the HW+ (Heart worm Positive) pups we have treated has been $900 each.
BE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR PET ON HEART WORM PREVENTATIVE!!!