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Heartworm Positive Policy

Most of our asymptomatic heartworm positive dogs are treated using the Slow Kill method, which consists of using regular monthly heartworm preventative (Ivermectin or Moxidectin) and intermittent use of Doxycycline.

We have successfully followed this conservative course of treatment since 2012. Recent studies have shown this slow-kill method to be highly effective in the elimination of adult and larval stages of heartworm. The slow treatment is considered by many to be less painful and less dangerous than the more conventional treatment, which involves injection of arsenical chemicals to more quickly kill off the worm population.

Although this is not the method currently recommended by the American Heartworm Society, in our experience, most Dachshunds do better with this method and become heartworm free in about a year. Please consult with your own veterinarian regarding this method of treatment.

Preventative will always be required even after the dog no longer has Heartworm Disease, as dogs in 95% of the U.S. are at risk for possible re-infestation of heartworms.

Efficacy of semi-annual therapy of an extended-release injectable moxidectin suspension and oral doxycycline in Dirofilaria immitis naturally infected dogs

What you don't know about heartworm treatment

Assessment of parasitological findings in heartworm-infected beagles treated with Advantage Multi and doxycycline

Doxycycline in the Management of Heartworm Disease

Safer Heartworm Therapy

Please Note

If your veterinarian insists that your adopted dog be treated with injectable melarsomine (brand name Immiticide®), and you agree but cannot afford (or are unwilling to pay the cost of) treatment, DREAM can take the dog back if you're concerned about having a heartworm positive dog.

If, after consulting with your veterinarian, you opt to have your new dog treated with injectable melarsomine (or other method), DREAM will not accept responsibility for any of the associated costs or possible complications.

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