Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Pets & Pet Care  > Heartworm Treatment

Heartworm Treatment Cost


How Much Does a Heartworm Treatment Cost?

 
 average costTypical: $500-$1,100+  
post E-mail post Post   Comments (5)

Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal disease in both dogs and cats. As detailed in an American Heartworm Society video[1] , the parasites are transmitted by mosquitoes and flourish in the heart and blood vessels of infected dogs.

Typical costs:

  • The cost of treating dogs with heartworm usually runs around $1,000, but can be $500-$1,100 or more depending on the size of the dog and the stage of the disease.
  • For cats, there is no known treatment for heartworm. However, cats seem to be more resistant to heartworm and, if infected, they sometimes recover on their own.
Related articles: Dog Vaccination, Cat Vaccination, Pet Insurance, Dog Flea Control, Pet Allergy Testing, Lyme Disease Treatment for Dogs

What should be included:
  • Heartworm symptoms include chronic coughing, tiring easily, unwillingness to exercise, difficulty breathing, lethargy and an enlarged abdomen. Treating heartworm in dogs is a lengthy and pricey process, and can be taxing on the dog's health.
  • First, the veterinarian will conduct diagnostic testing (also called doing a "work-up" of the dog), to determine how infected it is with the disease. This will include blood chemistries to check organ function, X-rays to look at heart and lungs and perhaps an ultrasound if the disease is severe. The diagnostic stage is considered a very important part of treatment; short cutting pre-treatment could lead to devastating results, according to the American Heartworm Society.
  • Treating the pet involves two to three injections. The main drug used is Melarsomine (brand name Immiticide). There is some risk involved in treating dogs with heartworms, although fatalities are rare. Suite101.com discusses the treatment options and risks[2] .
  • Treatment cost should also include follow up appointments within a month of the injection(s).
  • Following the injection, the dog's movement needs to be restricted for several weeks. As the heartworms die and break up, they are carried through the blood to the lungs and are eventually reabsorbed by the body. However, if a dog is exerting itself, blood will flow rapidly and a lot of worms could overwhelm the lungs at once. Coughing is one sign that this may have happened.
Additional costs:
  • Veterinarians and animal experts strongly urge dog and cat owners to give their pets preventative heartworm medication, which costs between $58 and $159 for a year's supply. The vet may also advise giving Heartgard to kill immature heartworms, since the initial treatment will likely only kill the adult worms.
  • Consider taking time off from work, or making other arrangements, to ensure that the dog is resting properly for the necessary four to six weeks following the initial injections, as this is a crucial stage in the treatment.
Discounts:
  • If the animal is covered by pet insurance, check to see what costs, if any, will be covered.
Shopping for a heartworm treatment:
  • Heartgard[3] , TriHeart[4] and Interceptor[5] are the leading heartworm prevention brands.
  • To find a veterinarian, visit the American Veterinary Medicine Association's vet finder[6] .
post E-mail post Post   Comments (5)
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix rescue dog with heartworm
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Josephina S. in Luzerne County, PA.Posted: February 2nd, 2017 03:02PM
My dog was pulled from a high kill shelter in South Carolina. When our dog was first tested for heartworm he was negative. A year or so later, he tested positive. The vet explained it could take 7 months for the heartworm to incubate and show up positive on the test. I took him to a new vet in hopes that the first place was wrong but he tested positive again. Each place quoted around $900 - $1,200 for the arsenic-based shots and to stay over night for observation. That did not include the price of the heartworm / lyme test ($60) and the X-ray on his chest&lungs ($75 - $150). They also checked his blood under a microscope to look for visible worms. Not sure on the price for that. After hearing about how painful and lethargic your dog has to be (for upwards of a month so that they dont throw a blood clot and die) we decided to use the slow kill method. After much prayer, we gave him doxycycline and keep him on heartworm preventative. It will take up to 2 yrs for it to clear.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Heartworm treatment on Pit Boxer Mix
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Titus in WV in Martinsburg, WV.Posted: September 28th, 2015 05:09PM
This estimate includes all Xray, medications and injections for mid stage discovery. Dog weighs 72lbs. Dog tested positive at yearly exam. Was a rescue adoption and had tested negative previous.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Heart worms
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: Worried in Laporte, TX.Posted: August 16th, 2015 04:08PM
I have a rescue min pin 2yrs old male.They said it was kennel cough but he kept coughing so i took to Vet and xrays blood work all his shots and he has heart worms and coughs but he is still active when i let him but starts breathing hard fairly quick.I put him on heart guard and its been 2 months and i take him in on 1st of 3rd month to start treatment.I just hope this works and does not kill him.He has turned out to be the smartest dog and a pleaser. Listen to everything you teach him.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
heartworm treatment on labrador weighing 84lbs
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: conradgalvez50@gmail.com in sacramento, CA.Posted: April 11th, 2015 03:04PM
this is a quote by my vet and live in California can i get it cheaper anywhere else or is that about what it cost for injections and staying in hospital overnight
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Heartworm meds and high liver enzyme
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: a user in Reno, NV.Posted: December 21st, 2013 03:12PM
Please ask your Vet. how often you should give heartworm meds. There are so many variables. Where you live? Sociability of pets? Climate?
Ask your Vet. about which heart worm meds have the ingredient that could cause high liver enzyme.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Heartworm Treatment
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/canine.html
  2.  suite101.com/article/heartworm-treatment-in-dogs-a114674
  3.  www.heartgard.com/Pages/index.aspx
  4.  www.triheartplus.com/index.html
  5.  www.interceptor.novartis.us/
  6.  www.avma.org/advocacy/stateandlocal/statevma/pages/default.aspx
More Pets & Pet Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Pets & Pet Care How Much Do Fish Cost? How Much Does Owning a Cat Cost? How Much Does a Rabbit Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Lizard
Paid: 150.00
The beardie was adopted for $20.00 at a local repticon. Tank was over 30 inch long, cost less than $70-80 at Petsmart during Xmas sale. Everything else were bought online from Dr. Foster, Amazon and Chewy... [more]
-Gaga
Pet Lizard Cost
My Entertainment Company Went Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty
Paid: 2100.00
All I can say is WOW. When I hired Evan Nine Entertainment, I had no idea I was going to get so much extra for my money. His company handled The DJ/MC, Photography, Uplighting, and Wedding Officiant... [more]
-Linda Grayson
Wedding DJ Cost
TTE 93306
Paid: 1208.00
Went for echo at cardiologist's office. Hadn't met deductible and my BCBS estimate online was $408 done in doctor's office. Well, the cardiology office had been acquired by Mission Hospital so they charged their rate which was ~$1980... [more]
-C. V. Wynne, M.D.
Echocardiogram Cost
Broken drain line replacment
Paid: 7600.00
After Roto-Rooter inspected the drain line which could not get passed 35 feet from the cleanout, serviceman suggested for a new cleanout to be installed near the area where the camera could not pass, this at a cost of $1,450... [more]
-#IFEELTAKEN
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
Cost should be capped
Paid: 4550.00
In August of 2014, my husband need to be transported to the helicopter pad at the hospital and we received a bill for $4,550 and when we questioned why so much no one could provide a valid answer. The helicopter pad is less than ... [more]
-dkoz
Ambulance Cost
Cost of topo survey
Paid: 3800.00
Surveyor staked four corners and surveyed entire 4.95 acre lot at 2 ft contours in Issaquah, WA... [more]
-User in WA
Property Survey Cost