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how long can a dog live with heartworms. my dogs has had them

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how long can a dog live with heartworms. my dogs has had them for 5 years
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Amanda, DVM replied 8 years ago.
If your dog has no symptoms from the heartworms, survival time can be a long time. I'm not sure if there is a maximum number. It's when you see things like decreased activity, coughing, abdominal distention, or other signs of heart failure, that you are probably looking at a short time to go.
Restricting exercise will likely help slow things down, as well, but good job getting 5 years!
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