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I just brought my GSD to the vet today to get his yearly physical, hes almost 2. They did the heart worm test and it came back positive twice! I have had him on Heartguard since the day I got him over a year ago. The vet started his Immiticide treatment today. The vet also said it was a very early stage 1 and it was a good thing they found it when they found it. I don't understand how he could get Heartworms when I have him on Heartguard and have never missed a treatment. I picked Rocco up from the vet today and he has zero energy and looks like he is in a lot of pain. He has to go back tommorrow for his second dose of treatment. Has anyone had this happen to there dog? I dunno hes out of it from the treatment or if something is wrong and I need to be very concerned.
 

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First off, :hugs:

I'm very sorry you're having to go through this. I went through heartworm treatment with my Cashdog, but he had them from when I adopted him at the shelter. Did you get your dog as a puppy or adopt him as an adult? If you got him as an adult it's possible that he's had them since then and the Heartguard just kept it mild. But yes, I have heard a couple of cases of dogs getting heart worms even though they are on the treatment, especially down here in the South. If you bought all the Heart Guard through your vet I believe that the company will pay for the treatment.

Yes, your dog is out of it and not feeling well at all from the treatment. He's going to be lethargic for a little while. Also, his low back/rump area is going to be extremely sore from where they did the injection. I'm sure your vet let you know that you have to keep him calm and quiet for a whole month. He should be fine after that.
 

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:hugs: Sending prayers and a speedy recovery for your pup.
 

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I have also heard reports of dogs contracting heartworms even while on monthly preventative. It's just a hazard of living in the south, kind of like parvo even though with vaccinations. Glad you caught it early and your boy should be fine after treatment. It sucks, I know but he'll get through it if you follow through.
 

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If you bought all the Heart Guard through your vet I believe that the company will pay for the treatment.
This is true. One of my co-workers had this happen. Get with your vet and they can help you contact Heart Guart with all of the proper information and paper work. They will pay for the treatment 100% as long as you have proof of buying through your vet.

I'm sorry that you're having to go through this, but thankfully it was caught early!
 

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Thanks everyone. Unfortunatley I got the heart guard from 1800 petmeds, so my vet said that heart guard will not cover the treatments. I got Rocco at 6 months old and he didn't have anything heart worms then. I dunno if anyone knows but I have read that some vets will prescribe an anti inflammatory drug along with the antibiotic, my vet did not prescribe the anti inflammatory any ideas on why he wouldn't have done that? Rocco is extremely worn out and breathing very rapidly and heavy I dunno if that's normal with this treatment earbuds. He goes back to the vet in the morning to get his second dose of Treatment and I will ask him tomorrow, I just don't want to miss any signs of a possible emergency.
 

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I dunno if anyone knows but I have read that some vets will prescribe an anti inflammatory drug along with the antibiotic, my vet did not prescribe the anti inflammatory any ideas on why he wouldn't have done that? Rocco is extremely worn out and breathing very rapidly and heavy I dunno if that's normal
I think that the Doxy is usually prescribed for the severe cases. If your dog is only lightly infected he might not need it. The worn out/rapid breathing is normal.
 

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Prayer's for your pups recovery.
 

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i wish your dog a speedy recovery. when you first started
your dog on Heartguard was he tested for heart worms before
you gave him the Heartguard?
 

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Thanks everyone I will have some new questions to ask the vet today when i bring Rocco back for his second dosage of the injections. He was tested before before I started him on heart guard and the test came back negative. I am going to ask the vet about the prednisone and about the heavy breathing. I will keep everyone updated.
 

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Thanks everyone I will have some new questions to ask the vet today when i bring Rocco back for his second dosage of the injections. He was tested before before I started him on heart guard and the test came back negative. I am going to ask the vet about the prednisone and about the heavy breathing. I will keep everyone updated.
The day we brought Cash home from the shelter, I had him tested for heart worms and he tested negative. 2 years later he came up with a nasty infestation. Like you, I was distraught because I had always kept him on prevention. I felt like a terrible Mom because my boy had this horrible preventable disease. The vet told me that, after the initial infestation, there's a "window" where they're infected but they will show up negative on a test. He said most likely he was infected before I got him but it was too early to show up in the first test I did. Hope that helps. :hugs:
 

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Thanks everyone for all the help especially myamom I just called 1800 petmeds and there going to reimburse rocks treatment! I picked him up from his second day of treatment and he seems like he's feeling much better, he has more energy. The vet told me that he probably won't eat for a few days and just want to sleep and relax. He also said heavy panting and increased breathing is normal for the first few days but to call if it continues or if he gets sick. Hopefully Rocco never has to go through this again, I feel horrible but I'm so glad they caught it so fast! Thanks everyone
 

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That's great news!! I'm so glad I could help :)
Best wishes that treatment is smooth!
 

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I had a shepherd that the originial owner released to me who had a bad case of heart worms. after going through the first stage of treatment he almost died. The vets said he would not survive more treatments and that I should put him down. A freind and top breeder told me to use ivermectin to treat him. I am not saying that this is what you should use. always check with your vet first. The treatment was slow and he never got rid of the worms intirerly but he was not sick and was always on the go. kode lived for another 5 years sired 3 litters. So don't lose hope hang in there it will get better.
 

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Going strictly the slow kill method Ivermectin....it takes 2 years to be heartworm free.

My foster was stage 4...had one shot and she too did so poorly that the shots were discontinued. (but remember...stage 4 and a senior) We then did slow kill...and she was hw free in 6 months. (the one shot sped up the process)

(your kode should have become hw free)

Just remember...the longer they have the heartworms...the more damage is being done. I always say...if you have a young, strong dog (like the OP) to go with the shot protocol.
 

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Thanks everyone for all the help especially myamom I just called 1800 petmeds and there going to reimburse rocks treatment! I picked him up from his second day of treatment and he seems like he's feeling much better, he has more energy. The vet told me that he probably won't eat for a few days and just want to sleep and relax. He also said heavy panting and increased breathing is normal for the first few days but to call if it continues or if he gets sick. Hopefully Rocco never has to go through this again, I feel horrible but I'm so glad they caught it so fast! Thanks everyone
Please review that after care information posted very carefully. Leash potties and no moving around - be very careful - he is killing off 6-12 inch worms that can get lodged in his veins - throwing a clot - that is what the worry is.
 

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Forget Heartguard

Once the treatment is over, use the oral paste for horses Zimectrin (not Z Gold) and give 1/2 click once a month.

A two year supply is $12.
 
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