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Important Info on Heartworm

This is a new article from Dr. Dodds.

http://drjeandoddspethealthresource....rm-preventives


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Thank you SO very much for this article. I was just having this discussion with someone the other day.
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Very helpful thank u!
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Thanks, Karen. I just asked my vet a couple of weeks ago about the need for heartworm preventative during the winter months and she told me, emphatically, that they should be used year round because just one warm day could cause mosquitos to come out. (Haven't seen any of those this winter)! Guess I'll use my judgment and Dr. Dodd's advice on that from now on. Luckily, neither Bailey nor Tyler has ever had any reaction to vaccines or any of the preventatives. Gad you shared the article.


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I would stay away from the heart worm medication that has spinosads. Its found in Trifexis the medication has caused problems in many different breeds . Not just seizures but liver and pancreas problems. Doctors are starting to hear more and more lately. Goggle it and read all the people who are writing about their dogs getting sick.

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Thanks, Karen. I just asked my vet a couple of weeks ago about the need for heartworm preventative during the winter months and she told me, emphatically, that they should be used year round because just one warm day could cause mosquitos to come out. (Haven't seen any of those this winter)! Guess I'll use my judgment and Dr. Dodd's advice on that from now on. Luckily, neither Bailey nor Tyler has ever had any reaction to vaccines or any of the preventatives. Gad you shared the article.
My vet said the same thing, I'll be following Dr. Dodds.

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Thanks, Karen. I just asked my vet a couple of weeks ago about the need for heartworm preventative during the winter months and she told me, emphatically, that they should be used year round because just one warm day could cause mosquitos to come out. (Haven't seen any of those this winter)! Guess I'll use my judgment and Dr. Dodd's advice on that from now on. Luckily, neither Bailey nor Tyler has ever had any reaction to vaccines or any of the preventatives. Gad you shared the article.
Yes, mosquitos can come out, but the Heartworm microfilaria can't develop without a period over 57F. Most of the serious dog people I know do what I've chosen to do with Kodi. (which is basically what Dr. Dodds said ) He is on Heartworm preventative every 6 weeks (to the DAY... I mark it on the calendar) from May 1 until late Oct., early Nov. Just to make extra-sure, I have blood drawn for a heartworm test in March or April (Kodi's was done last week) to guarantee that he has not come in contact with Heartworms before re-starting the meds.

We used to use Interceptor, as instructed by Pam King, but since that is no longer being made, with her help, we decided to move to Heartguard. He has only had 3 doses so far, (I had bought quite a bit of Interceptor before it went off the market) and so far, he has had no signs of adverse reaction to it.

The other thing my vet suggested is to time his flea and tick meds so that they are as far away from the Heartguard as possible, time-wise. We don't want his organs and immune system assaulted by too many chemicals all at once. Also, if he were to have a reaction, we would be able to tell WHICH product caused it.


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Yes, mosquitos can come out, but the Heartworm microfilaria can't develop without a period over 57F. Most of the serious dog people I know do what I've chosen to do with Kodi. (which is basically what Dr. Dodds said ) He is on Heartworm preventative every 6 weeks (to the DAY... I mark it on the calendar) from May 1 until late Oct., early Nov. Just to make extra-sure, I have blood drawn for a heartworm test in March or April (Kodi's was done last week) to guarantee that he has not come in contact with Heartworms before re-starting the meds.

We used to use Interceptor, as instructed by Pam King, but since that is no longer being made, with her help, we decided to move to Heartguard. He has only had 3 doses so far, (I had bought quite a bit of Interceptor before it went off the market) and so far, he has had no signs of adverse reaction to it.

The other thing my vet suggested is to time his flea and tick meds so that they are as far away from the Heartguard as possible, time-wise. We don't want his organs and immune system assaulted by too many chemicals all at once. Also, if he were to have a reaction, we would be able to tell WHICH product caused it.
I also used Interceptor for years and have switched to Heartguard without a reaction. Interestingly, however, is that both of my dogs also got both their heartworm and flea and tick preventative at the same time, the first day of every month, yearround. I guess the Havanese of years gone by had better immune systems, genes or whatever, as we also have always treated our lawn with pesticides and fertilizer over the years and not only have they always walked on it but also grazed on it like little cows. In light of all that I've read and know now, I will definitely follow all of the new protocols when a new puppy is in on the horizon. I would never take any chances or endanger a dog because it hand't been a problem in the past. I know that the world is changing and sometimes, not for the better. I guess I have been very, very fortunate to have had two very healthy and long lived Havanese and I am so thankful for that after having read some of the posts on the forum. Sure glad I joined and am learning so much, thanks to everyone here. As I said before about Tyler, and now about myself, you can teach an old dog new tricks so keep the information coming.


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I also don't do the heartworm pill during the winter months. The vet just assumes I order from some place else. Jack's and Nessie's tests are always negative.

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