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Comparing treatments

A heartworm-positive diagnosis is upsetting news, but there is hope. That’s because most dogs can be successfully treated. The sooner adult and immature worms are killed, the greater your dog’s chances of getting back to chasing balls and making new friends at the park.

Slow-Kill Treatment

This is the practice of using a monthly heartworm disease preventative to kill your dog’s heartworms. As the leading organization in heartworm disease research and education, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) has warned that the slow-kill method is NOT RECOMMENDED.1 Additional damage to the heart and lungs occurs the longer adult worms are present.

  • A dog treated with the slow-kill method is still exposed to adult heartworms living near the heart and lungs for up to 2 years, potentially causing long-term damage.4
  • This method requires a period of restricted activity for your dog up to the full 2-year span of treatment,4 significantly impacting you as well as your best friend's quality of life.

Recommended Treatment with DIROBAN

DIROBAN® (melarsomine dihydrochloride) is part of the AHS-recommended course of treatment for heartworm disease. When combined with other therapies, including a monthly heartworm disease preventative, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, DIROBAN helps you and your dog get back to your normal lives sooner.1

  • Kills most adult heartworms within 1–3 months.1
  • Decreased risk of additional damage, depending on the stage of the disease.1
  • This method requires a period of restricted activity for your dog—for up to 12 weeks as opposed to 2 years with slow-kill.1,4

The active ingredient (melarsomine dihydrochloride) in DIROBAN is the only treament recommended by the American Heartworm Society.1

Aftercare and Post-treatment »