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What happens after my dog gets a heartworm treatment?

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Six months after the treatment, the vet will do a blood test to check for worms. If they're still there, your dog will need another round of shots. If they're all gone, your dog will need to take medicine to prevent heartworms for the rest of his life. The vet will test for heartworms each year.

From: How Do You Deworm Dogs and Puppies? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Intestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats.''

American Heartworm Society: ''Heartworm Basics.''

American Veterinary Medical Association: ''Heartworm Disease.''

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Baker Institute for Animal Health: ''Infections - A. braziliense, A. caninum, and U. stenocephala'' and ''An Overview of Canine Roundworm Infections.''

Companion Animal Parasite Council: ''CAPC Recommendations” and “Dog Owners: Roundworms.”

Humane Society of Central Illinois: ''Heartworms.''

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Parasites: Animals (Zoonotic).''

Chomel B, Sun B. , published online Feb. 2011. Emerging Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Intestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats.''

American Heartworm Society: ''Heartworm Basics.''

American Veterinary Medical Association: ''Heartworm Disease.''

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Baker Institute for Animal Health: ''Infections - A. braziliense, A. caninum, and U. stenocephala'' and ''An Overview of Canine Roundworm Infections.''

Companion Animal Parasite Council: ''CAPC Recommendations” and “Dog Owners: Roundworms.”

Humane Society of Central Illinois: ''Heartworms.''

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Parasites: Animals (Zoonotic).''

Chomel B, Sun B. , published online Feb. 2011. Emerging Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 24, 2018

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