Saturday, August 6, 2011

So This Is What Heartworm Treatment Looks Like?

Want another reason to use monthly medications for heartworm?

Mila's vet was kind enough to have a tech take photos of Mila starting treatment. Thank you all for this series of photos!

Mila has been on heartworm meds since December, killing off the baby worms. Treatment to kill the adults, as recommended by the American Heartworm Society, consists of three injections of Immiticide.

One injection first, and then a month of crate rest. At the end of that month, two more injections, and another month of crate rest.

Oh, and the injections - go into the muscles near her spine. Can you say ouch?
The patient receives an intramuscular injection deep in the lower back muscles. This is a painful injection with a painful substance, and it is common for the patient to be quite sore afterwards at home. Pain medication may be needed. Be careful of the injection site as it may hurt enough to cause a dog to bite. An abscess may form at the site, which would require use of warm compresses. Approximately 30% of dogs experience some sort of reaction at the injection site that resolves in 1 to 4 weeks. Some dogs develop a permanent firm lump at the site of injection.

Arsenic and Old Lace

Finding the spot - what a good girl Mila is.
Oh, this can't be good.
Shaved a window for the injection.
This will grow back right?
Getting her clean.
At least I am getting a head scratchin'
Getting it all lined up.
Is that a needle?
It sure is a needle.
We're so sorry, Mila.
And the Immiticide goes in.
She's being such a good girl.
Almost all in.
Are we done yet?
Making sure none comes back out.
Mila stayed for the day at the vet and we picked her up late in the afternoon. She got some medication for the pain and after her potty, started her first month of crate rest. 
A MONTH of crate rest? Her FIRST month of crate rest?
So the question is - which would you rather do?

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