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    Heartworms in Dogs: Facts and Myths

    WebMD separates the facts from fiction about canine heartworms.
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    A: No. He stands a good chance of dying from the disease.

    Q: I’ve heard the treatment for heartworms can be dangerous. Are there any newer, safer alternatives?

    A: We used to use plain arsenic to treat it, which had many side effects. What we use now is a safer product with fewer side effects. It’s a safe product if used correctly.

    Q: If my dog gets heartworms, and is treated for them, can he get them again?

    A: Yes, he can get them again. That’s why prevention is so important.

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    Reviewed on December 16, 2011
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