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Limiting pet activity during heartworm treatment

Lulu's Mom
February 18th, 2011, 09:51 PM
My foster-turned-family member Lulu :lovestruck: is being treated for heartworms :( If you've been through this with a pet, you know that it's very important to keep them calm - no playing, running, jumping. Luckily, Lulu is pretty calm by nature, but she loves to be on the furniture (which I allow). Unfortunately, the simple act of jumping onto / off of furniture can be enough of an impact to dislodge worm pieces and cause an embolism. Since I can't monitor this 24/7, I blocked certain furniture entirely with pillows, then built "steps" in front of the remaining furniture - e.g. in this pic, her only access onto the daybed is to climb onto the ottoman or the plastic bin, then onto the bed. The plastic bin not only provides a step up - it also keeps her toys away from her (it is actually her toybox, turned upside down with her toys still in it -she gets too rambunctious when she plays with them)

Some free and creative solutions that are working beautifully for HER. :thumbs up But I am VERY anxious for the heartworm treatment to be done, so I can have my living room and bedroom back withOUT an obstacle course! :D 10 days to go...

February 19th, 2011, 06:08 AM
My foster GSD Maddox (who is now my boy) was heartworm stage III. For 3 months we limited exercise and only went out for bathroom walks. He was crated for 3 months as this was the only way to keep him as quiet as possible.

Best of luck with your foster. I highly recommend crating when you are not home.

February 19th, 2011, 12:08 PM
Some breeds are a real challenge to keep calm and quiet....Lulu looks like she is coping quite well.
Is she crate trained? If not, then you will just need to keep doing what you are doing and maybe hire a dog sitter for when you need to go out. Some dogs will freak out more in crates than with a sitter.
Best wishes, it will be worth it !