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Heartworm Treatment

 The home clinic is temporarily closed and the following services put on hold.

We hope to open in the the near future.


Following you will find a price list for treatment based on the animal's weight.

Weight

2-Injection 

 3-Injection

 1-22   lbs

 $276.00

$414.00

 23-44 lbs

 $309.00

$464.00

 45-65 lbs

 $349.00

$524.00

 66-87 lbs

 $379.00

$569.00

 88-109 lbs

 $419.00

$629.00

 110+  lbs

 Individual Quote

Individual Quote

TREATMENT AT OUR OFFICE WOULD CONSIST OF:

1. Preliminary physical examination.

2. Complete Blood Count (CBC).

3. Blood Chemistry.

4. Fecal examination to check for gastrointestinal parasites. 

5. Two injections, given individually, in the dorsal muscle of the mid-lumbar region, 24 hours apart, with a drug called Immiticide. Your animal will remain in our care for 4 days.

6. Your animal will be given a non-narcotic pain medication for discomfort at the injection site.

7. You will be sent this medication for an additional 3 day duration.

8. You will return (make an appointment) in 30 days for a follow up examination.

9. Your dog will receive a treatment for the larval stage of heartworms at the time of this examination.

10. Two weeks following this treatment you will begin to administer the monthly heartworm preventative. We will dispense heartworm preventative at this time.

11. You will need to make an appointment for heartworm retest, 8 months in the future, to determine if treatment has been successful.

This treatment plan will need to be tailored to your specific animal if he/she is considered a high-risk candidate.

These high-risk conditions would include:

1. Under/overweight body condition

2. Size

3. Age- especially 5 years and older

4. Pre-existing physical conditions of the heart, lungs, kidney, liver, or other systems

5. Breed

In these cases it may be recommended to have:

1. X-rays of the chest to check for heart enlargement

2. Ultrasound of the chest

High-risks patients must have a 3-injection treatment:

The American Heartworm Society states that 3-injection treatment is preferrable for all dogs and we agree. However, for young and healthy dogs owned by those who feel compromised financially, we are willing to use the 2-dose treatment. The 3-dose treatment cost is 50% more that the 2-dose regimen.

Please consult with our office for the options aforementioned.


Your Responsibility and After-Care:

1. It is imperative that your animal remains calm for at least one month atfer initial treatment. This may mean using a crate or small area to keep your animal confined and away from other pets. You will need to walk your animal on a leash to go to the bathroom. The adult heartworms will be dying and released into the bloodstream for the body to eliminate. The first 2 weeks pose the highest burden on the body. It is important to keep the heart rate slow.

2. Be observant of any changes that might occur in your pets overall condition.

a. Coughing d. Diarrhea

b. Decreased Appetite e. Lethargy

c. Vomiting f. Weight Loss

(If any of these conditions occur, contact your veterinarian immediately!)

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT TREATMENT FOR

HEARTWORMS HAS INHERENT RISK AND

UNEXPECTED DEATH COULD OCCUR AT ANY TIME DURING

TREATMENT.

IF YOUR ANIMAL IS NOT TREATED, IRREVERSIBLE

HEART AND LUNG DAMAGE CAN OCCUR WHICH

COULD LEAD TO HEART DISEASE AND COULD EVEN

CAUSE SUDDEN DEATH.

Prices include:

1. Initial physical examination

2. Preliminary blood work

3. Fecal examination

4. Pain medication for up to 7 days

5. Initial treatment with Immiticide (2 injections) - or alternate treatment with 3-injection protocol

6. Hospitalization for 4 days

7.   30 days follow up examination and larval stage treatment

*Heartworm medication dispensed IS NOT included in treatment cost.

Click here to download the consent document containing all of the above information.