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Old 09-25-2013, 08:26 AM
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I just wish they didn't make the stuff so darned expensive, because the way it is not everyone can afford it.

believe it or not I know people (who are otherwise good dog owners) that don't give their dogs preventive because they believe that its a waste of money & "before it came out" their dogs always lived long, happy lives without it. They think its a pawn by the medical community :/
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I just wish they didn't make the stuff so darned expensive, because the way it is not everyone can afford it.

believe it or not I know people (who are otherwise good dog owners) that don't give their dogs preventive because they believe that its a waste of money & "before it came out" their dogs always lived long, happy lives without it. They think its a pawn by the medical community :/

Preventatives are cheaper than treatment. You can buy a lifetome of preventative for less than the cost of treating heartworms.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:27 PM
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Preventatives are cheaper than treatment. You can buy a lifetome of preventative for less than the cost of treating heartworms.
Yeah for Gwen (medium sized dog) I can get 6 months of heartworm meds for around $20.
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Wow it's closer to $30 here, yeah this person who doesn't believe in it ... I to I its crazy, she only has one dog, try $30 x 4 lol ... But for me it's worth it to save them from the suffering of severe heart worm infection I have seen the heart from a seriously affected dog in a jar ... It's mind blowing.

Our vet is nice, he lets us get a years supply & gives us a discount
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Wow it's closer to $30 here, yeah this person who doesn't believe in it ... I to I its crazy, she only has one dog, try $30 x 4 lol ... But for me it's worth it to save them from the suffering of severe heart worm infection I have seen the heart from a seriously affected dog in a jar ... It's mind blowing.

Our vet is nice, he lets us get a years supply & gives us a discount
Wal Mart pharmacy just recently became a small supplier of heartworm meds. My vet charges me around $40. But if I go through my pharmacy it's closer to $20. Might be worth checking out.
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I just wish they didn't make the stuff so darned expensive, because the way it is not everyone can afford it.

believe it or not I know people (who are otherwise good dog owners) that don't give their dogs preventive because they believe that its a waste of money & "before it came out" their dogs always lived long, happy lives without it. They think its a pawn by the medical community :/
It's really not expensive, it's less than $10 a month. I hate when people complain they can't afford it - yes you can, just don't go to Starbucks one day and bam, you have the money for your dog's heartworm prevention. It's like people don't get that it's okay to come in monthly and buy 1 pill - you don't have to buy an entire 6 months or year or whatever.
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I don't "complain" about it, mine are on preventive. But I know people who refuse to give them HW preventive because they think fans waste of money :/.

@Airn thank you, I will definitely check it out and recommend it to others.
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It's really not expensive, it's less than $10 a month. I hate when people complain they can't afford it - yes you can, just don't go to Starbucks one day and bam, you have the money for your dog's heartworm prevention. It's like people don't get that it's okay to come in monthly and buy 1 pill - you don't have to buy an entire 6 months or year or whatever.
If I got a good deal on heartguard it would still be a good $30 a month for both dogs....but I just use ivermectin from the feed store to counteract that.

For some people even $10 is a lot (and not because they are buying starbucks etc) but yes, it is something one should budget in having a dog.
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It's really not expensive, it's less than $10 a month. I hate when people complain they can't afford it - yes you can, just don't go to Starbucks one day and bam, you have the money for your dog's heartworm prevention. It's like people don't get that it's okay to come in monthly and buy 1 pill - you don't have to buy an entire 6 months or year or whatever.
My personal favorite is "Oh I stopped giving that because we never had a problem with it."

You never had a problem with heartworm when your dog was on heartworm preventative? YOU DON'T SAY?!


(Most infamously said by a client after a dog I got as a rehome from them tested positive for heartowrm.)
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If I got a good deal on heartguard it would still be a good $30 a month for both dogs....but I just use ivermectin from the feed store to counteract that.

For some people even $10 is a lot (and not because they are buying starbucks etc) but yes, it is something one should budget in having a dog.
Well to be fair, the majority of our clients have dogs weighing under 100# lol so for them, it is less than $10 per month (per dog). I get some people legitimately can't afford (not that that's any better), but the point is most people that say they can't afford it, have no problem spending that money on something else they don't need (like going out to lunch or whatever). It's an easy thing to budget for if you really want to.

But I'll freely admit that my dogs never got heartworm prevention until a couple years ago when I started working at a vet clinic - and therefore got free product. Even then I only gave it for 6 months out of the year, which isn't even right if your intention is to give it seasonally. Having Happy is what drove it home for me that hey, heartworms really do exist! And so I'm much more.... passionate about prevention; year-round.

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My personal favorite is "Oh I stopped giving that because we never had a problem with it."

You never had a problem with heartworm when your dog was on heartworm preventative? YOU DON'T SAY?!


(Most infamously said by a client after a dog I got as a rehome from them tested positive for heartowrm.)
LOL oh my! I've gotten that comment before but never followed up by that ironic result!
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