Heartworms in Dogs: Facts and Myths
WebMD separates the facts from fiction about canine heartworms.
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.