breed

Q. My dog have heart worms and what kind that I need buy to cure heart worms?

A. To cure heartworm disease you would need a very involved and expensive (upwards of $800- $1000) treatment with Immiticide through your veterinarian. This is a controlled medical treatment and has to be monitored very carefully over the course of 2-3 months duration.
There are no over the counter cures for heartworm disease. There is a very controversial "slow kill' method that involves just giving your pet regular heartworm preventative medicine, such as Heartgard (that only kills the baby heartworms and not the adult heartworms that cause your pet to come up positive). Even this has to be prescribed by your veterinarian. This can take several years to clear and is not a recommended treatment because of the potential complications, including thromboembolism and prolonged stress on the heart.
I recommend you discuss these options further with your vet so that you'll can come up with the best recommendation moving forward.

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM



Related Questions

Related Articles


Cushing's Disease in Dogs

Hyperadrenocorticism in Dogs The endocrine system is the collective system of organs that control hormones in the body, one of which is the cortisone hormone, responsible for protein and carbohydrate metabolism in the body....

Read More
Parvo in Dogs

Canine Parvovirus Infection in Dogs The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. The virus manifests itself in two different forms. The more common form is the intestinal form,...

Read More

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.

Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.

User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.

petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.

Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.

Continue Reading