This is a public thanks to all the people who responded with their personal experiences to my desperate plea for information about treating a dog for heart worms, a fatal disease that will infect animals in this region if not actively prevented.
Jax's owner surrendered him due to time and finances.
He's a great guy! He turned 1 on New Year's Day and I hope we get a lot of time together.
In a previous blog 'Hard decision about heat worms,' I asked for help deciding on a treatment method.
There are two, the fast- and slow-kill protocols.
As I said, the slow method is a combination of preventatives and antibiotics that would make the worms uncomfortable and prevent new worms, but the adult worms inside the dog's heart can continue to cause damage.
The fast kill involves heavy injections of Immiticide into the muscle of the back that would be quick and painful, but effectively rid the dog's heart of worms.
We're going the fast kill route due to its effectiveness and since he'll not have to be crated for more than 30 days.
With slow kill, it's better for the dog to remain relatively inactive for months. That's just not possible with Jax, who is painfully, annoyingly energetic.
Thank you, thank you for your help everyone.
Jax thanks you, too.