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Tried to pose this question to our dog's veterinarian, but both the vet treating the dog and his veterinary tech are out today...sooooooo,

Have dog with heartworms (borderline between level 1 and level 2 case)...she went through the first part of the two-part treatment about two weeks ago

had her on kennel rest since then...

we will be heading for a weekend at a state park today

Are short, slow walks ok? like up a few camping spots and back again, on the leash, slowly? or should I keep her off even that sort of mild activity?

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She should have no exertion at all, not even mild exertion. If it is warm enough for her to pant, she is too hot for HW. Crate rest means that except for pottying and no other dogs to play with. Bring a 500 series crate with you camping and enjoy her company. Tell her what a good girl she is and it won't be too long before she play again.

Also, any level of stress is too much for a HW dog. You don't want the heart rate to be raised.

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Our daughter rescued a racing greyhound who had heart worms and under went treatment. Their vet told them nothing more than a slow walk to the backyard for a potty break, to keep her quiet other wise, and to keep her out of the heat. She was treated in Arkansas in the summer. She came through the treatment with no problems, and is such a wonderful, sweet, loving dog.


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I volunteer for a rescue organization as a foster parent. We have kept a number of small dogs being treated for heartworms. I take them out and allow them to walk about 150 feet at a slow pace to potty. Definitely no chasing squirrels, playing with other dogs etc. Our vet says that the critical time is about 7-10 days as the worms are dying and disintegrating then. However, we keep them quiet as possible during the entire treatment process.


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For the first two weeks, the only slow walks should be for elimination purposes not exercise. I usually recommend pretty strict rest for a month after treatment.

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It is hard. We had a young lab mix that showed up as a stray. We got her the treatment but she got way from us a time or two. We got lucky in that she did fine. Some dogs if not medicated with Prozac, etc are going to move a lot.

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Oscar was about a year old when we got him and tested positive shortly thereafter. He was still basically a puppy and occasionally would try to get frisky on his trips outside. But he (and we) made it through the 3 months of treatments and is still kicking 9 years later. But yeah, we crated him and walked him on a leash to do his business.


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Doug, DVM, Even at sage 1-2 the dog can not do a short uneventful walk?

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Heish wrote:

Doug, DVM, Even at sage 1-2 the dog can not do a short uneventful walk?


Without seeing the radiographs and doing a physical, I can't offer an intelligent opinion. I always think it best to error on the conservative side. There will always be time for walks in the future.

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