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What is the purpose of this test if you are giving Heart worm medication each month?



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What is the purpose of this test if you are giving Heart worm medication each month?
Dogs can get heartworm, even if they are on monthly medication. It's better to check them at least annually, because the earlier it is treated, the less damage may be done to the heart. Some people who are in areas where heartworm is REALLY common, test twice a year.

For sure, if a dog is only on heartworm meds for part of the year, they should be tested before going back on... giving heartworm meds to a dog with a current case of heartworm can be VERY dangerous if it's not done under controlled conditions.


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yeah Linda, this topic is always up to the individual. If you want some honest info check out Dogs Naturally. here is from another site...
Dogs should be tested for heartworms before beginning a heartworm prevention program, or when changing from one heartworm preventive to another. Dogs that are already on heartworm preventive medication should also be tested periodically.

The “prepatent period” for heartworm disease (the amount of time it takes for microfilariae to be produced) is approximately 6 months in a dog. During this time, heartworm tests will be negative even if a dog is actually infected. Therefore, puppies younger than 7 months old are generally not tested for heartworms. Instead, puppies should be started on heartworm preventive medication (usually during their puppy checkup visits) and tested when they are older than 7 months

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Ok, I feel better getting them tested. Just for some information....this blood test will also show if your dog has Lyme Disease.



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Ok, I feel better getting them tested. Just for some information....this blood test will also show if your dog has Lyme Disease.
No, that's a completely different test, though it can be done at the same time. They usually can test for the 4 most common tick-borne diseases in an area with one test.


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I just know when our Heart Worm test was done, the Lymes was done also and I did not even ask for it. So it must be routine with our Vet, when the Heart Worm test is done. Guess, you need to ask what they are testing for and anything else that is being tested for.



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I just know when our Heart Worm test was done, the Lymes was done also and I did not even ask for it. So it must be routine with our Vet, when the Heart Worm test is done. Guess, you need to ask what they are testing for and anything else that is being tested for.
That's right Vets often have a "routine" panel they run, specifically looking for diseases that are known problems in an area. But if it's important to you, check and make sure that what you want is on the list they are running. This is especially important if you frequently travel to a different area, where different diseases are prevalent. (for instance, a vet in Southern California would probably not routinely test for Lyme, but if you knew you had just spent a month on Cape Cod, you might want to specifically request it! )


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