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    Fiona, as I pretty much expected is heartworm positive. Anyone go through the slow kill treatment? I'm of course nervous.

    I know that the rescue orgs are familiar with it but I wanted to ask here first.

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    Poor girl..... i have no experience with this, but I am sure someone here has and will be along shortly.
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    Oh you're in florida like me. I just now started Baxter on Heartworm meds. But I am breaking all the rules and splitting his tablet up into 4ths, and giving it to him every week. Instead of mega-dosing him for a whole month up front. I hope this still protects him. What were the first symptoms?

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    This is a new rescue that just came home with me. No coughing or anything. Vet said it was a weak positive but positive nonetheless. Poor dear.

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    Oh poor Fiona, I so hope the treatment goes well sending prayers for a quick and speedy recovery

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    Hope she responds to treatment well and recovers quickly. Keeping positive!

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    Back in the 1960's, we had two dogs, who were HW positive. At that time, we had never even heard of HW. The treatment since then, may be a little "kinder"' to their system, but the drugs are pretty much the same in IV. Wehn they came home-they had to take pills, which at the time were purple. When they would occasionally vomit, it was purple, and would stain. Surely now, there are different follow up meds. Both dogs did pretty well with their treatments, and had no ill affects, once hw neg. Sorry,, I have no updated info.(actually I am glad about that...)
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    Sorry to have no experience w/this, I've heard the treatment is hard
    on them but being as she is a weak positive maybe not as long for her.
    Ask the rescue org as they should know...why didn't they start her on
    them? There are holistic methods that aren't poison or hard on them.
    Are you interested in that option?


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    She is a rescue but not from an org. I was waiting on a rescue from 2 orgs when I got a call from a coworker Thursday about a backyard breeder in Ga about to dump Fiona off to a receptacle outside a kill shelter. Since I foster for my local humane society, and have a bulldog, I was asked if I could pick her up. I figured it was in the stars for her to be with me because I had been looking and she basically fell into my life. My county has no shelter so all of our furry friends are fostered by volunteers.

    I just was wondering if any in bulldog rescue knew how they handle the slow kill as opposed to the other.

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    @Danielle, if you are in our Facebook group contact ebrn Houston - many or most of their rescues at ebrn Houston are hw positive so I know they have tons of experience.


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    Thanks! Will do that. I'm familiar with the treatment but just wondering if anything special to watch out for with bullies.

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    Praying for Beautiful Fiona, Keep us posted on how this Beautiful Girl is doing.

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