This is what will happen April 15th - she will get a complete physical examination, the administration of the first Immiticide Injection (It is a deep intramuscular injection into the lumbar muscles so IT HURTS. Mild swelling and some soreness at the injection site may occur for a few days) and Prednisone will be prescribed. A complete blood count, laboratory panel and a thoracic radiograph will be preformed. she will be observed throughout the day. She can either stay overnight or we can bring her home. We will probably bring her home as we thinks she will feel safer and less stressed here. She will have to go back the next day, and the physical examination will be repeated.
The most critical period is the first few weeks after the adulticidal treatments. During this time the heartworms are dying and there is a great risk of pulmonary emboli (blood clots) forming. The dead worms must be absorbed by the body. Tuiren's activity will be SEVERELY RESTRICTED DURING THIS 60 DAY PERIOD.
We will keep you updated. But we want to remind everyone PLEASE USE HEARTWORM PREVENTION. THE TREATMENT FOR DOGS IS VERY PAINFUL AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THE DOG WILL SURVIVE AND THERE IS NO TREATMENT FOR CATS.