For what it's worth, i've already been made to feel like a horrible non-vaxing mother in an ER with her baby so there's no need to judge us for not doing heartworm med prevention. We got all that from the vet's office.
We felt we had made an informed decision. I really just need some help with what to do next. We just want the best possible outcome, with the least risk, for our dog. Reading online is pretty scary. Treatment can cause death and the vets don't discuss those details or help us make an informed decision now about which is the safest route to take.
Our 6yo dog recently tested positive for heartworm and lyme. The test was a 4DX in office test which shows results in 9 minutes.
They immediately gave us Doxycyclene antibiotics to give him for the next 28 days (vet says for both lyme and heartworm). Today we brought our other dog in for testing and he was negative for both. While we were there, we discussed the next step for our 6yo with heartworm. This vet was filling in and the other one had not put clear information in her notes, according to him. There was confusion and I did not feel very secure with what I am understanding the protocol to be or what our options are or what the possible outcomes are (I have read about outcomes online now
We are wondering if, considering the risks of the treatment, we should get a second opinion. We could take him to a cardiologist if it might be worth doing, though it is very very expensive. As is the treatment, which we won't hesitate to pay for - we just want our dog healthy.
What I read online is that false positives are possible. I also read that in order to determine treatment, one needs to find out whether there are baby heartworms in his system, not just adults. The vet just has us coming in 1 month for an x-ray to determine heart damage and then a shot, followed by 2 final shots. He is to remain very calm for the next few months.
Some links I read and wondered about.http://www.thebark.com/content/value-screening-testshttp://www.vetinfo.com/dencyclopedia/dehwtest.html
Any help at all would be much appreciated. I was at the vet today and am still processing everything and feeling very worried. I'm downplaying it so my kids don't become distraught but i'm really concerned.