Melarsomine dihydrochloride is the heartworm disease treatment that’s recommended by the American Heartworm Society.1 With only 2-3 veterinary administered doses, recovery time is far shorter than other treatments which can last up to 2 years.
Diroban (when combined with a heartworm preventative, anti-inflammatories, and antibiotics) has been shown to effectively kill most heartworms in 1-3 months.1 Other forms of therapy can take up to 2 years, potentially causing unnecessary risks of long-term damage.3
While heartworm disease is treatable, it’s better for your dog’s health to proactively protect them by using an effective preventative product.
For up to 12 weeks after the first dose of Diroban, it will be absolutely essential to keep your dog calm. That means restricting all exercise and activity that would elevate your dog's heart rate or increase his blood pressure. That's because dead heartworms can collect around organs and cause potentially fatal blood clots.
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Pet owner resources: heartworm basics. American Heartworm Society. https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics. Accessed August 25, 2019.