Choose an Expert

Choose an Expert

Fast, affordable, 1-on-1 assistance

As low as €30
Fast, affordable, 1-on-1 assistance
Dog Veterinarian

Ask your own question to a Dog Veterinarian online now

As low as $30

Dog Veterinary

is ivemec suitable to get rid of heart worm...

Resolved • Response time -40 minutes

23 Jun 2011

is ivemec suitable to get rid of heart worm indogs
Read Less

23 Jun 2011

Ask your own question
Dog Veterinarian's response
23 Jun 2011
DrChristineM
DrChristineM
Associate Veterinarian
Has your dog been diagnosed with heartworm?
23 Jun 2011
Customer reply
23 Jun 2011
No but all the symptoms are there
23 Jun 2011
Dog Veterinarian's response
23 Jun 2011
DrChristineM
DrChristineM
Associate Veterinarian
Heartworm is a VERY serious illness, and treatment should never be attempted without knowing 1) that we do in fact have heartworm and not some other disease 2) the stage of the disease and 3) the general health of the dog. Even knowing these things, treating heartworm can be very risky and many dogs do not survive the treatment, when under qualified veterinary care. There are several illnesses that look like heartworm in dog and will not respond to any treatment for this disease: collapsing trachea, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, lung cancer, heart disease, primary lung disease, infectious lung or airway disease, etc.
Finally--no, we do not use ivermectin to treat heartworm.

I hope this helps, please let me know if I can answer any other questions.
23 Jun 2011
Customer reply
23 Jun 2011

his symptoms are heavy breathing, stops when out walking won't move even on short walks, loss of appetite, not putting on weight, and always tired

23 Jun 2011
Dog Veterinarian's response
23 Jun 2011
DrChristineM
DrChristineM
Associate Veterinarian
This is not something you can diagnose at home, and not something you should attempt to treat at home. Since it appears you are not satisfied with this answer, I will opt out, and perhaps another Expert will have some other ideas for you.
23 Jun 2011
Dog Veterinarian's response
24 Jun 2011
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
Hi - Ivermectin will kill the L3 and L4 larval forms of heartworm but has no appreciable effect on the adult heartworm; in cases in which my clients can't afford heartworm treatment or my patient can't tolerate the treatment we'll institute ivermectin to prevent new heartworm infection and allow the adult heartworms present to die of old age - which usually occurs within 2 years - but not without causing damage to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. While your dog's symptoms are consistent with heartworm disease, they are also consistent with many other diseases; having said that, he should be on monthly ivermectin as a heartworm preventative if you live in a heartworm endemic area - which is most of the United States at the time. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish when you're back online.
24 Jun 2011
Customer reply
24 Jun 2011

so u reckon the ivermectin would do him more harm than good or could work but are some risks!

24 Jun 2011
Dog Veterinarian's response
24 Jun 2011
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
The ivermectin won't hurt him whether or not he has heartworm disease. If he has heartworm disease it'll prevent him from getting new heartworms but won't kill the ones he has. If he doesn't have heartworm disease it'll prevent him from getting it. If you have the 1% solution of ivermectin (usually labeled for cattle or horses), the dose is 1/10ml/10# XXXXX body weight by mouth monthly. A 50# XXXXX would receive 1/2ml (0.5ml) monthly, for example. Thank you for your kind accept!
24 Jun 2011
Customer reply
25 Jun 2011
Thank's michael for all your help we rang the vet and brought him up he was put 2 sleep @11:30am Irish time had a heart condition passed down trew his gin he was dieing would of omly lasted another wk sad but he is gone 2 a better place!
25 Jun 2011
Dog Veterinarian's response
25 Jun 2011
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I suspect his heart condition was congenital (present at birth) and worsened with age. Be well!
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
Avg. question only €30
University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience
25 Jun 2011
Your question matters. Dr. Michael Salkin and 1 other Dog Veterinarians are ready to help. Ask your own question

Ask your own question to a Dog Veterinarian online now

  • 100% money-back guarantee
  • Prices start as low as $30
  • Join 8.5 million satisfied customers
Conversations are covered by our Disclaimer.