Dog’s heart, liver, and kidney functions will have to be evaluated first to be sure they are strong enough to endure treatment.
Adult worms are eliminated with an arsenic-based compound.
After treatment is administered the dog is restricted to rest for several weeks. This is to make sure the body absorbs the dead worms. If the dog were to exert its body the dead worms may “break loose” and end up in the lungs. Heartworms in the lungs can cause respiratory failure and death to the dog. This type of treatment goes on for weeks until heartworm tests come back negative.
In advanced cases of heartworm disease a dog may be required to go under surgical removal. In cats this high risk surgery has only been successful once in veterinary history.
In the cases of early detection a long term treatment of taking doxycycline and Heartgard Plus daily for more than a year has shown to be effective. Early Detection of heartworm disease can be difficult since the disease can be asymptomatic in its early stages
There are several veterinary drugs available to prevent heartworm infection. Options for prevention include medications that can be taken orally or applied topically on the pet. These preventative drugs are more than 99% effective in protecting dogs and cats from heartworm disease and some even help control fleas and ticks (though this option may vary depending on the drug). DV Medical Supply recommends check up appointments with your pet’s veterinarian. At the very least, pet owners should get pets heartworm tested annually.