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Adopted a 1.5 year old English Cocker Spaniel with heartworms.

The vet indicates most likely a light case as the dog is asympotmatic and the heart sounds good.

Agreed on the slow kill with heartguard.

However, when I brought up antibiotics with the heartguard, he said it wasn't necessary.

I've read alot since then and it seems that heartworms have little organisms called Wolbachia in them and that if you give a high dose of doxycycline for a month 10mg/kg of body weight, then for 1 week out of each month after that give the same dose - it makes the heartguard that much more effective and the treatment less dangerous.

Is the information I've read correct?

Should I press the issue with the vet? I hate coming off like an internet educated baffon . . .but I really like this guy and want hime to be ok.

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