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We took in a Golden, around the same age, who also tested positive for heartworms the day after we got him.
It was back in 1987 and the only treatment was arsenic. He was in the hospital for 10 days, I think.
Reuben was the only dog they had ever treated with arsenic that didn't have issues with eating (he didn't miss a meal or a snack).
Keeping him quiet for the two months was a pain. We built him a 6x6 pen in the backyard, so he could lay outside and enjoy the sun and mild Spring weather. I thought I was going to have a heart attack when he jumped over the fence.
Reuben lived to be 14, with no other health issues. Not bad, considering he was run over a a pup.
The thing is, you really don't have much choice. If you do nothing, the damage will continue.