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Thoughts On Heartworm Meds.

Cooper is now almost 16 weeks old. He has another Vet. appointment Monday and I know she will be putting him on Heartworm meds. Is he too young and if not what do you all recommend brand wise.

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Henry just ate his!
I use the "Heartgard Plus" for years now. I really do not recall when this started.
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here's some reading http://www.katberard.com/hea_parasites.htm I use Interceptor for six months of the year only , we have six months of winter, Sabine says it's , not stored in the fat cells like Sentinel's Lufenuron, This is a personal choice but I go with the experts I trust. Also , Interceptor need not be given at the full dosage recommendation, as a minimum dose of 0.1 mg/kg body weight has shown to be effective. What really pisses me off is these companiies pushing these things year round ,when it's not necessary, like the article says ,it's only needed when there' s mosquitos out. They try to bs you to say the dog needs it year round and every month . Thank God for people like Jean Dodds that expose this bs.

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I use heartgard plus. Whimsy was around the same age when she went on it.

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I never knew this Dave! I just changed their interceptor schedule. I will now start April 1 and go through Oct!!! I didn't read your entire article you posted yet. Should I be giving less of a dose? Bella gets the brown pack weighing 7 lbs and my boys the green pack weighing 15 & 16 lbs.





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Thanks for the article Dave. I remember with my 12 lb. Maddy the heartworm box stated *up to 25 lbs.* So I cut up and stretched the piece (once a month kind) over 2 months at a time. I also never gave her any during the winter. Thankfully she was fine. Think I will do the same with Cooper. He's only 6lbs. and giving him something that goes *up to 25 lbs* is ridiculous. That to me is over dose.
Thanks again for the info. Will read the whole article later.

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I want to say thanks, too, Dave. I was just thinking about this yesterday and a bit worried that mine are not on anything right now. You've eased my mind.

Also, I've been giving Sentinel, as i've done over the years and liked the all-in-one pill. Gonna read your article above. What do you do for flea prevention? I'm not real keen on a topical.

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I hate to disagree with Dave, but it really depends on where you live. I spent 1800 treating a German Shepard that I had sent to training for six weeks in Nov and Dec several years ago. The trainer didn't give the heartworm meds while he was there because it was too cold for mosquitos. It is not unusual at all to see a mosquito in Dec or Jan around here. It only take a day or two of above freezing weather for them to come out and one bite of an infected mosquito for your dog to contact heartworms. With the mild winters aot of the country has had, I would give the meds all year around if I lived in N Carolina any state that has above freezing weather.

I asked about the dosage also when Rosie was so little. The vet (who I consider the expert) said that more woud not hurt, but giving to little was a big mistake. Now I have no idea what the winter weather is like in Ontario, everything may be frozen for months, if so that there is no danger of a mosquito bite--just be aware of the temperature where you live.
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Thanks Lucile for reminding me. This winter up here in MA. has been so unusual, with warm temps. Will have to keep that in mind. I do have a vet appointment tomorrow and I will talk about what brand and dosage then. I never had any problems with my mini poodle. She was so healthy for 16 years, except for flea bites and flea meds. reactions. I get nervous with my little Hav. new breed for us and so much to relearn lol

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I never knew this Dave! I just changed their interceptor schedule. I will now start April 1 and go through Oct!!! I didn't read your entire article you posted yet. Should I be giving less of a dose? Bella gets the brown pack weighing 7 lbs and my boys the green pack weighing 15 & 16 lbs.
You do have to dose once more after the mosquitoes are gone. The heartworm meds don't kill the eggs, just the larva, so you have to wait for them to hatch to get them. But I also do what Dave does, though living further south, Kodi doesn't get as long a "vacation" as Molly gets. November is his last dose, and May is his first dose, depending on weather. If it warms up earlier, I start him earlier. I may be being a BIT more cautious then necessary, but Heartworm is a TERRIBLE disease that can cause permanent damage. (BTW, I ran this past my vet, and he agrees with the schedule for someone who really is careful about starting at the appropriate time... many people do better remembering if it is just once a month, every month)

As far as brand is concerned, it specifically says in my contract for Kodi that the ONLY brand I can use is Interceptor. I know the Kings had a rather horrific time with one dog with a different brand, and they trust Interceptor.


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