The treatment for heartworms is different for cats and dogs. Do not ever give medicine intended for a cat to your dog or vice versa.
Once your pet has heartworms treatment is not easy. You want to rid your pet of heartworms but many factors need to be looked at before proceeding. Your veterinarian will have to do many tests to determine how many worms your pet has, how it is affecting your pet and if your pet can handle side effects of medication.
Letís first look at treatment of heartworms for dogs. The first thing that will have to be done is an evaluation of your dog and what treatment is necessary to stabilize them for treatment for heartworms and then elimination of all heartworms and larvae.
The adult heartworms will be killed first, then comes larvae and microfilaria. Both have to kill with different treatments. There are side effects that can happen that are very dangerous to your dog while ridding them of adult heartworm. As adult heartworms die they can become lodged in arteries. The arteries are already inflamed by presence of these worms but as worms decompose arteries can become more inflamed and your dog will need to be watched carefully for things like this that may occur during treatment. Sometimes, according to how infested your dog is with heartworms, he may need to stay at hospital for proper care. Talking with your veterinarian will ease your mind and let you know best options for your dog.