Once a dog is found to be heartworm positive, you start to work on keeping them quiet. We knew this was going to be a challenge with her. Mila is nine years old on paper, and her legs may be a little wonky sometimes, but in her mind and in her attitude she is a much younger dog. Mila is spirited and bossy, in a caring way. She is a town crier, announcing things that need to be done. Breakfast, end of quiet time, afternoon potties, all of these things and more, Mila is the app for that, without the need for a fancy phone. She's a SmartDog.
So that was challenge #1, and one that we are still working on leading up to her treatment. That's right, we still haven't figured out how to keep Mila calm. More on that another time!
|Little old me?|
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So Mila had:
- bloodwork done
- a medical exam
Other tests that could be done to stage:
- A Knott's test could have been done too to look for microfilaria. The microfilaria are the baby worms.
- A urinalysis could have also been done to gain more information, but based on what we had, we did not do that. She had a urinalysis done a couple of months before her treatment started.
|X-ray for staging Mila|