I have never had to deal with this before...we adopted Duchess from a shelter 6 months ago. She was given a heartworm test there and it was negative. I was advised upon adoption that they would cover her treatment if we retested in 6 months. Well today I took her in for her blood work. I waited for the results and then the nurse came out and said they were moving us to a room. Immediately, I knew; the results weren't good. She came back positive for heartworm. The vet said the eggs take 6 months to develop so she already had it before we adopted her. We have been giving her Heartgard so she could not have contracted it in our care. The shelter has agreed to pay for it and do all her treatments in house. The vet also assured me that it is highly treatable and most dogs live completely normal lives after it is eradicated. It's just the waiting now that is killing me. She can't start her antibiotic until tomorrow afternoon and it will be a month before her first injection. Anyone have any stories of their dog going through this? Did your dog get cured and live normally? I really just need some sort of reassurance that my poor baby is gonna be ok.