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My dog is picky with his food and had started to refuse to eat it. I am now putting wet food in with it and he is eating it. He has always had stomach issues and when he eats if he drinks a lot he will get sick. He has lost weight but seems like himself. He has not been to the vet for over a year because I could and cannot afford it. Is there a kit for at home testing for heart worms or other parasite?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infestations your dog can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the dog's name and age?

King - he is 5

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about King?

Nothing, he has always been healthy with the exception of being deaf OK Thanks.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Yes, there is a heartworm (and tick-borne infections) test that caretakers can purchase over the counter. Please see here: https://www.amazon.com/HEARTWORM-TEST-HOME-Heartworm-Ehrlichia-Anaplasmosis/dp/B00ANG8LUW

I can't attest to its specificity or sensitivity, however. Rather than fecal ova and parasite testing, you can simply presumptively worm King with an over the counter product containing either pyrantel or fenbendazole which you can find where dog supplies are sold. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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