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    treated for heartworms?
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    What did your vet say?
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    we started the treatment today it is a two day treatment. He said she will be ok to run on the 20th. other people have told me no way. i need some other opinions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by clint View Post
    we started the treatment today it is a two day treatment. He said she will be ok to run on the 20th. other people have told me no way. i need some other opinions!
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    the 20th of what month?

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    the 20th of march.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clint View Post
    the 20th of march.
    That would be about 1/2 the convalescent period that most clinicians recommend, however your veterinarian knows how severe the heartworm infection is and following his/her advice would be appropriate.

    I would explain in detail the types of physical activity involved as not all veterinarians are familiar with retriever training and competition.

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    http://www.drugs.com/vet/immiticide.html

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    All dogs with heartworm disease are at risk for post-treatment pulmonary thromboembolism (death of worms which may result in fever, weakness, and coughing), though dogs with severe pulmonary arterial disease have an increased risk and may exhibit more severe signs (dyspnea, hemoptysis, right heart failure and possibly death). Dogs should be restricted from light to heavy exercise post-treatment depending on the severity of their heartworm disease.
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    I would get a second opinion or ask if you misunderstood what the doctor said. Heartworm is a very serious disease that can kill your dog, and the treatment can kill the dog too, as she has to pass the dead heartworms thru her lungs. I had a setter a few years ago that had heartworm and we had to keep her confined to a small area for what seems like 6 weeks. No exercise at all. She was treated in August and my vet said to forget the fall/winter hunting season rather than take a chance with her health. Thank God above, she got thru it OK, did not have any damage and seemed as strong as ever the following year. I personnally think you would be making a mistake to run your dog any time this spring, especially if you love your dog.

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    thank you all very much here are some details about our case.

    the dog has been on heartworm prevenative for two years. i noticed signs of the dog in training coughing up blood. so i took her to the vet. he seems to think that the reason the dog is coughing up blood is because the heartworms are dying. the dog had no eggs in the blood just mature worms.

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    My Merlin had HW in fall 2007. He was out for 6 months before the vet released him to go back to work. It took another 3 months to get him back to his normal self.

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    I know mine sat up for 3 months, and then went back in and had something else done, and had to sit up for another 2-3 weeks.
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