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What are the symptoms of heart worms?

I have given Brooks his Interceptor every month. I mark the date it is due on my calendar.
It was due on May 26th (and the 35th day would have been May 31st---my vets do a radio show and they have said it must be administered by the 35th day to prevent heart worms---if the mosquito had bitten the dog it would take 35 days for the larvae to develop etc)
Anyway, I got really sick and was in bed all the days I should have been noticing the calendar and didn't notice I had missed giving him the dose until June 1st (36th day)
I will get him a heart worm test, but how long should I wait for it to show a positive result (if he did in fact contract them?)
And what are the symptoms?
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I don't think you need to be worried! Vets should do an annual HW test before refilling your meds. When was his last test?

It takes approximately 4 months for the HWs to develop enough to show up in a test anyways. But I really don't think you need to worry about being a few days late. It might take 35 days for the larvae to develop, but that would be during the time that they were not on preventative. Since he was on preventative for a the majority of that time, you should be fine.

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I agree-you should be fine as long as you keep him on the preventative for the next few months. It will prevent future infestation and control and eventually eliminate any infestation he might have gotten (would be very rare though).

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Atuallly I do not think you have a thing to worry about. There are many that go 45 days./ I do not, I give on the lst of each month. I have been a couple of days late due to illness, etc I found the lstis easier to remember than say the 6th or 14, th, etc.

Now as to symptoms, it takes months and months before you notice any. I watched what happened with my njeighbor's two dogs. They would not give the pills because their dogs were "inside dogs" and no amount of talk to convince them that every time those dogs went out to do business, especially when we had had los of rain and skeeters wre thick, that they coudl get bitten 10-20 each time and it only takes one bite. Sure enough both developed heartworms And even tho they could pend $$$$$ a month on ollector cards like baseball and poke mon and pay $$$$ for their boys to be in martial arts classes, they could not afford treatment for the dogs.

The older cocker suffered awful in the eeks before he died. He could go maybe 1 feet and collapse gasping for breath. We tried to convince them to let the vet release him, but they wouln'dt.

The younger had puppies before she was a year old. Then las year, they took in a chihuahua/terrier intact male, ad shegot pregnant after 5 years. All this time I thought they had her fixed after that first litter. Well, she had the puppes, but the stress was to much on her heartworm ridden heart and lungs and she died shortly after they were born, followed by 2 of the 6 pups. this was back last Fall I think. Well, they still have the in-tat male chauhua mix and kept on of the puppies, but I have never dared asked if they kept a male or female, nor of they relented and have THESE ones on the pills.

But as I said, I really don't tink you have a thing to worry about as many go 45 days beween pills and I have read a number of times it is safe to go that long, but they say every 30 days because if you give it on the same day each m onth you are not as likely to forget.

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Actually, I've read you are fine at 42 days. I always give mine in 35 day intervals, just in case of an incident like you had.... nice to have that buffer. The once a month dosing is actually for convenience of the consumer. It also limits the amount of chemical your dog is exposed to.



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Thanks for the reassurance, everyone. I am such a worrywart. I heard Brooks clear his throat a day or so ago and I was sure it was the heart worms coming up into his throat!!
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Thanks for the reassurance, everyone. I am such a worrywart. I heard Brooks clear his throat a day or so ago and I was sure it was the heart worms coming up into his throat!!
LOL-now that would be some fast growing heartworms!!

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I see why you were worried. That is a scary image to have in your mind. I bet all is well, and you won't find any heartworms. I think your vet can give the Snap4dx and know in 60 seconds.

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