The treatment of heartworm infection is something of an art. There are several strategies that can be used depending on the dog’s medical condition, including the gold standard of a 3-injection protocol versus 2-injections versus not killing the adults but preventing reinfection (not recommended). The important concept to realize is that arsenic based drugs are necessary to kill adult heartworms and that appropriately treating for heartworm disease requires skill on the part of the veterinarian, work on the part of the owner and while safer than ever, there are still risks. The best option of all is prevention!

Patient Evaluation in The Heights

Prior to therapy, the heartworm patient is assessed and rated for risk into one of four categories. Important factors include: how many worms are thought to be present based upon the tests performed, the size of the dog, the age of the dog, concurrent health factors, severity of the heart disease, and the degree to which exercise can be restricted in the recovery period. Some hospitals use computerized formulas to categorize heartworm infected patients. The categories into which patients are grouped are as follows:

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