The American Heartworm Society recommends all pets be put on a month long course of doxycycline prior to receiving their first Immiticide injection. This antibiotic kills the bacteria that help the worms thrive therefore weakening them and reducing the workload on the body during the treatment phase. Depending on the dose required, this can run between $20 to $100.
We recommend blood work prior to the first Immiticide injection to be sure that your dog’s liver and kidneys can tolerate the drugs. In addition we recommend chest x-rays to screen the lungs for damage and to establish a base line x-ray in case of a future complication. Since these costs are additional and not covered by the Humane Society, you have the option to accept or decline these additional tests and treatments. Please discuss any questions you have with our staff during your visit.