What to expect when you bring your dog for heart worm treatment…..

1st Round of heartworm treatment

You will be greeted by the receptionist. They will check you in and get a weight on your dog. An assistant will come to bring your dog to the back. While here your pet will have a yellow neck band and a card on the kennel for identification. Also, any pet dropped off will receive a Cap Star. Cap Star is a flea preventative that starts working quickly and protects your pet for 24 hours. Your dog will be kept in a size appropriate kennel while here. Your pet will stay 1 night, 2 days. On day 1 we will run a full panel of blood work to ensure your dogs’ levels are within a normal range. If the blood work is normal we will continue with treatment by administering immiticide(drug that kills adult heartworms) and another injection to prevent inflammation and soreness related to the treatment. Your dog will then be monitored for the rest of day for any complications. On day 2 we will repeat the anti-inflammatory injection. Dogs are taken out individually to our secure fenced in yards at 8:00, 11:00, and 4:00 for about 15 minutes each time depending on the weather. They will receive food at 8:00 and 4:00. They will receive fresh water at 8:00, 11:00, and 4:00. A technician or veterinarian will call to update you and let you know when your pet will be ready to go home. Heartworm treatment patients can typically be picked up around 4:00PM. When you come to pick up your pet you will need to see the receptionist to make your payment for your pets stay. Then the receptionist will have an assistant bring your dog to the lobby. The assistant will be more than happy to help with taking your pet to the vehicle. Please make sure ALL pets are on a leash or in a carrier. Heartworm treatment patients will usually go home with 6-7 days of prescription food recommended by the veterinarian. When you only have a few servings of the prescription food left, start mixing it with your dogs’ usual food. This will make the transition easier for your dog. Your dog also needs to be kept calm. No strenuous activity or exercise until released by the veterinarian. Bring your dog back in 1 month for the 2nd round of treatment.

2nd Round of Heartworm Treatment

You will be greeted by the receptionist. They will check you in and get a weight on your dog. An assistant will come to bring your dog to the back. While here your dog will have a yellow neck band and a card on the kennel for identification. Also, any dog dropped off will receive a Cap Star. Cap Star is a flea preventative that starts working quickly and protects your pet for 24 hours. Your dog will be kept in a size appropriate kennel while here. Your dog will stay 2 nights, 3 days. On day 1 we will administer immiticide(drug that kills adult heartworms) and another injection to prevent inflammation and soreness related to the treatment. On day 2 we will repeat both injections. On day 3 your dog will only receive the anti-inflammatory injection. Dogs are taken out individually to our secure fenced in yards at 8:00, 11:00, and 4:00 for about 15 minutes each time depending on the weather. They will receive food at 8:00 and 4:00. They will receive fresh water at 8:00, 11:00, and 4:00. A technician or veterinarian will call to update you and let you know when your pet will be ready to go home. Heartworm treatment patients can typically be picked up around 4:00PM. When you come to pick up your dog you will need to see the receptionist to make your payment for your pets stay. Then the receptionist will have an assistant bring your dog to the lobby. The assistant will be more than happy to help with taking your dog to the vehicle. Please make sure ALL pets are on a leash or in a carrier. Heartworm treatment patients will usually go home with 6-7 days of prescription food recommended by the veterinarian. When you only have a few servings of the prescription food left, start mixing it with your dogs’ usual food. This will make the transition easier for your dog. Your dog also needs to be kept calm. No strenuous activity or exercise until released by the veterinarian. Bring your dog back in one month for a heartworm treatment checkup.

Heartworm treatment checkup

You will be greeted by the receptionist. They will check you in and get a weight on your dog. An assistant will come to bring your dog to the back. While here your dog will have a yellow neck band and a card on the kennel for identification. Also, any dog dropped off will receive a Cap Star. Cap Star is a flea preventative that starts working quickly and protects your pet for 24 hours. Your dog will be kept in a size appropriate kennel while waiting for the veterinarian. When the veterinarian is ready, your pet will be brought to the treatment area for an exam. A technician or doctor will call you to let you know about your pets’ checkup and discuss release from exercise restrictions. Typically these patients can go home around 4:00 the same afternoon. Pets are taken out individually to our secure fenced in yards at 8:00, 11:00, and 4:00. They will also be given fresh water at these times. When you come to pick up your pet you will need to see the receptionist to make your payment for today’s visit. Then the receptionist will have an assistant bring your pet to the lobby. The assistant will be more than happy to help with taking your pet to the vehicle. Please make sure ALL pets are on a leash or in a carrier. Your dog will need to return in 1 year for a heartworm test.

Click here for more information from the American Heartworm Society