My Baby Has Heartworms?

I have a year and a half old Rott/Lab mix, who is my baby!! I've had her on heart guard since she was 6months old, but lost my job and she had to go two months without the preventative. I got a new job (thank god) and took her to the vet last week for her vaccinations update, and had them test her for heart worms so that i could put her back on heart guard. Unfortunately, within those two months, she got heart worms, and here we are..I'm 17, and I pay for all of my dog and horse expenses, and as you know, heart worm treatments are expensive. It will cost me overall a grand to treat her, and I really can't afford that at the moment. My boss was telling me about different treatments, one including the horse wormer, Ivermectin, and how if used properly, it could kill the heart worms. I know that when trying to kill the worms, it needs to be done gradually, or the dog can go into cardiac arrest. I was wondering if ya'll have ever heard of this? or any other less expensive treatments? I will do whatever it takes to keep my girl healthy, even if i have to spend the grand. Just wondering if ya'll have any other ideas i can run by my vet.. thank you!! No, I would never self medicate my dog. I have an appoinment with the vet on monday, and I'm going to talk this over with her then, just wonder if ya'll have ever heard of it. And selling the horse is not an option. My horse is my future. Because of him, I have a fully paid scholarship to Colorado State University on the Western Show Horse Team. He's my ride to college, and my best friend. Selling him is not an option. DJL- You sound like your either having a bad day, or are just one of those rudely-typed people. Either way- I'm sorry, and a prayer has been said for you. My dog is my baby, yes, but my horse is my best friend. I've had him since he was three months old, and he has just turned four now. He's more than a pet. He's my partner. And school does come first, otherwise I wouldn't be able to even afford to feed my animals. And to all the other HELPFUL contributers, thank you. My vet said that she would work payments with me, because I've been a loyal client for the past four years with both my horse and dog. I see her again on monday and I was just wondering if ya'll had any extra information I could run by her. Thank you for all ya'lls input.

Asked By: horseplay - 7/29/2009
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Oh, I'm so sorry. I've had many sick 'babies', and I know how you feel. Sadly, heartworm treatment doesn't come cheap. Ivermectin is a medication that is in HeartGuard, actually. It's not usually recommended for use on dogs with heartworms, but it can be used to treat heartworms, but it's risky. Heartworm treatment is... More
Answered By: Maple - 7/29/2009
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go 2 the vet
Answered By: Grace - 7/29/2009
Please don't try to self medicate your dog. You don't know what the drugs you want to put into her system will do to her. Call your local humane society and see if they can give you a name for a low cost clinic to help with the process.
Answered By: Bonzie12 - 7/29/2009
Ivermectin can be used to prevent/treat heart worm in dogs. It's very crucial that you talk to a vet about the correct amount for your dog, though, as too much can kill a dog.
Answered By: Danes Forever - 7/29/2009
definately haven't heard of the horse worming but heartworm can usually be treated with ivermectin as an alternative. Given in low doses and daily over about 6months. The problem with this approach is that the dog could suffer other complications from the worms because of the length of treatment. I'm sorry about... More
Answered By: Allecto1985 - 7/29/2009
Sell the horse, it will easily pay for your dogs heartworm treatment... More
Answered By: DJL - 7/29/2009
It does NOT cost 1,000.- for heartworm treatment for your dog --- find another vet... More
Answered By: rescue member - 7/29/2009
Ivermectin is what is in Heartgard. It can be used to treat heartworms, but it will only get rid of the baby heartworms (larva). Also, it is not uncommon for a dog to have an acute allergic reaction to this type of treatment. Unfortunately your best option is to do the full treatment with Immiticide. Talk to your... More
Answered By: jvtech - 7/29/2009
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Answered By: Rebel - 7/29/2009
Ivermectin is the ingredient in Heartgard. There is now a safe medication vets use to treat heartworms. I know you don't want to hear this, but if you want her to live, the vet is the only way to go. Even with the safe treatment at the vet, there is still a chance she might die. If too many worms die at the same time... More
Answered By: Kat - 7/29/2009
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