The Real Cost of HeartWorms

A disproportionate amount of our veterinary expenses are for the treament of Heartwom infections in the danes that come to GDRNT. Over 97% of the danes that come to rescue are heartworm positive!!!!!! Treatment for a dane can easily run in excess of $1,000, while we have very generous veterinarians the cost of the medication continues to increase. That is only part of the issue... a dane undergoing heartworm treatment must stay in our program during the painful treatment. On average a heartworm positive dane will stay 6 to 10 weeks before they are eligible for adoption while they can undergo treatment. It is simple math...more veterinary costs and longer rehabilitation time in foster care equals less money and space for other danes in need. We do not turn shelter danes away because of health or age...

Most health issues can be avoided but Heartworms can easily and inexpensively be prevented. This video is a good explanation of what heartworms are and what you can do to protect your dogs and CATS. (there is no treatment for cats.. only prevention) Check with your veterinarian to be sure your pet is covered.