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Old 09-30-2007, 08:20 PM
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Default Heart worm medications

how many of you give heartworm preventative, and do you give it all year round?
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:32 PM
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:32 PM
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YES!!! Sure beats the price of cures !!! I've had too may fosters on the cure !! When I had multi Goldens , I would stop during winter months .... now I play it by ear as to the freezing .I may stop between Nov. and Feb , but it depends . I do early spring blood checks with fingers crossed . Ollie will get his Oct. pill definately !
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:40 PM
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Yes, we do Heartgard.......

I used to keep them on it all year round because the Vet said it would guard against intestinal parasites........then Orson (never being off heartgard) came down with a case of whip worms (I think, may have been hooks don't recall right now) So NO, we aren't going to do heartworm in the winter months anymore.
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we do ours fromm early spring until the first freeze
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YES AND YES!!!! Heartgaurd every 26th. I live in Southern Louisiana and they need it all year round but if the misquitos are almost nonexistant in the winter you can get away without giving them. One of my very first dogs (a stray) had heartworms and it is murder watching what it does to them so I say it isn't worth the risk and the treatment for heartworms is as hard on the dog as heartworms itself if the dog is older and the case advanced.
Also a little tidbit my vet told me....... Those online meds for dogs you have to watch. Most don't insure thier product. Meaning if you buy from them instead of a vet and the product fails then you have to pay for thier treatment, unlike most vets who cover treatment cost if "heartworms" are caused by thier faulty product.
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Also a little tidbit my vet told me....... Those online meds for dogs you have to watch. Most don't insure thier product. Meaning if you buy from them instead of a vet and the product fails then you have to pay for thier treatment, unlike most vets who cover treatment cost if "heartworms" are caused by thier faulty product.
my vet pretty much told me the same thing, but also my vet will honor a catalog or internet price if you bring in the catalog or printout (although they don't tell you that, you have to ask for it.)

and yes i do give heartworm meds, and i take them off it over the winter.
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I used to keep them on it all year round because the Vet said it would guard against intestinal parasites........then Orson (never being off heartgard) came down with a case of whip worms (I think, may have been hooks don't recall right now) So NO, we aren't going to do heartworm in the winter months anymore.
heartgard does not protect against whips (just rounds and hooks). interceptor does. if the dog was on the medication and still comes up positive for them, the company will reimburse you for the cost of medication and follow-up fecal provided you purchased it through your vet.

personally, i use interceptor/sentinel year-round.
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