Just found this site and hope you can help. Adopted a basset from a shelter in Miassippi, I am in MA, they said he was healthy and then whenm I got him as we were leaving they mentioned, vey casually, that he has heartworm but very weak and to continue him on heartguard and not to go with the treatment that vets up here in Massachusetts follow that it's not necessary. Well long story, it's been the best time of life getting him and the worst ime of my life. I have been a wreck, talked to many vets, omline constantly, I have only had him aweek and if anything every happened to him I do not know what I would do. My head and my heart and everything I have heard and read tells me to gowith with the treatment, but he has a very tough life so far(abuse, then months in a kennel)he can finally run and jump and play and he gets so much attention, he seems to be thriving. the treatment seems so brutal, and he could die. The vet from Mi called me and was emphatic about keeping him on the Heartguard and eventually the worms would clear up,and the vets up here are just as emphatic in their position to proceed with treatment. Has anyone gone though this that could offer anything to me I am a wreck, Please help me!