Caerus Posted November 18, 2008 Report Share Posted November 18, 2008 I am officially confused, and hoping that some of you can shed some light on this. We have a foster BC from the shelter who tested HW positive. He (Aidan) went through the immiticide (probably horrendously misspelled) treatment two months ago. At that time the tech working told us to bring him back in 4 weeks for monthly heartworm treatment and another hw test. We brought him in almost one month ago exactly, and he tested positive. The tech working (not the same person, he's hasn't seen the same vet twice either according to his medical records) said that testing positive after only a month is common and to give him 2-4 more weeks of crate rest and then come back in to be tested again. After the extra weeks, what they said was a precaution, he could come off crate rest. Took him back in today and they didn't see him, but sent out a kennel worker to talk to us. He said that there wasn't a point in testing him again yet, that the test would come back positive for about six months. He also said that Aidan would need to continue crate rest and being super calm until he tested negative. I've never taken care of a dog through heartworm treatment before, so I don't know what is the norm, but six months on crate rest seems like a whole lot. Especially since he would presumably be unadoptable throughout the treatment, as a majority of their foster adoptions happen through adopt-a-thons at various pet stores (he is not allowed to "get excited" and you can bet that meeting a bunch of people would do it). I haven't been able to actually talk to the vets personally, but we are taking our foster/soon-to-be-ours kitten in to get spayed next week so I am hoping to get a chance to ask then. All of the instructions have come through vet techs, the kennel worker, and an informational handout (that said 3-5 weeks of crate rest after immiticide, and nothing else). We have an upcoming appointment for our dog with our vet, so I'm planning on asking him too. All of this to ask, what would you do? I'm one of those "rather be safe than sorry" people so I'm going to keep him on crate rest for now, but I don't know what else to do. He looks great, hasn't coughed since the treatment (was hacking up a storm before it), and is really raring to go. And I'm pretty sure that Aidan will not be a tough dog to place, as he is very laid back, sweet, and intelligent, but I'm having trouble doing it without taking him to adopt-a-thons. Not to mention, would this mean that the new owner would have to continue crate rest for several more months as soon as they adopt him? Yuck. I just wish I could get one set of instructions, preferably from one vet, but I understand that shelter vets are extremely busy and may have differing opinions from each other. Still, they are kind of radically different instructions. Crate rest for 1-2 months or crate rest for 6 months? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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