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Old 12-27-2009, 01:08 AM
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Heartworm Prevention when.....

my vet insists they need Heartworm prevention all year around, we live in Ohio where we have all four seasons. So it get's very cold, I know there is no moskitos around here anymore.

I know some states require all year around protection, but not here, please help me decide if my dogs need it or not, should I change vet's??
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:16 AM
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I'm gonna give mine preventative all year long. Our winter has been very mild lately, and I've actually seen a few skeeters in our garage. I don't want to take ANY chance. I figure the preventative is cheaper than treatment, so why not.

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Old 12-27-2009, 01:34 AM
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i give the girls meds march through november, i loive in mi. and that is what my vet has recommended for over 20 years.
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:04 AM
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Why take the risk? It isn't worth your dogs health. Merial, the makers of HG brand will pay for treatment if your dog gets heartworm, but only if they're on HG year-round. Just some food for thought... also this guarantee is only valid if purchased from your veterinarian, not online.
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:16 AM
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Why run the risk of them being infected? Then you face expensive treatment that can have severe complications, up to and including death.

If you lived on the north pole maybe skip it during the winter, but even Alaska needs hw preventative!
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Old 12-27-2009, 02:19 PM
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If I lived up North I probably would skip the winter months too. I already give as little frontline as possible (just a few times a year) because I hate putting all those chemicals on my dogs. Unfortunately, living in Louisiana, we always have mosquitoes. I give Interceptor every 6 weeks.
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It gets very cold in Ohio, you do have freezes.

I give Daisy heartworm tablets from early spring through late Fall, usually the end of November ... until the first hard freeze. She's always been heartworm negative. But we don't have a problem with misquitos here, not sure why. I never see them at the lake either ... I think it's the bat colonies. There's a large one at the lake and I know we have a smaller colony down the road a few houses. Bats are good
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Old 12-27-2009, 02:32 PM
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It's always been my understanding that misquitoes and fleas don't live past the first hard freeze. Fleas will if you have them in your house. But you're asking about heartworm...why would your vet recommend year-round for your area? I don't understand.
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The first year I had Hailey, I gave used HeartGuard and K-9 Advantix all year round because I didnt know any better. The second winter I had Mitchell and didnt use them. Last winter a Veterinary advisor to SGRR advised us to use them year round if only to keep the levels even in their blood, and if counteract any warm spells we might have have.
This year I have no choice, because Raine had heartworms when rescued and was treated right before she was transported up to me, so she definately needs a full year before I can take her off.

But, my feeling is , this is expensive medication, but not expensive physically or emotionally having a sick dog.

This is from the American Heartworm Society: http://www.heartwormsociety.org/

About 1/2 way down the page is the explaination for year round heart worm medication use.

http://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-.../faqs.html#q14
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I give heartworm meds all year round as we can have some warm spells here in MD in the winter and I'd rather be safe than sorry. I also use Frontline year round as well. In fact my guys are due for both today!
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