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BRIEF: Do you have any information about heart worm disease?


QUESTION:
I have an eight year old female German Shepard, who yesterday was diagnosed with significant heart worm disease. The vet is keeping me well informed, but I was just curious to see if there was any more information that you may have there at the College? The vet said that her blood work shows no signs of kiddney or liver damage, but he said they will not know more about her heart until some of the worms are killed. They are going to give her a treatment twice over the course of thirty days. I am also in need of some tips on how to keep her calm when she comes home tomorrow. She is an outdoor dog and very active!!

ANSWER:

I am not a vet and know little about heartworms, except they are easier to prevent than cure and that years ago there once was some risk to trying to kill them in situ. Your vet can contact the appropriate people at Cornell Vet School to learn more.