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Do All Dogs Need Heartworm Meds?

Are Your Pets on Heartworm Medication?

Just like those pesky fleas and ticks, heartworms can be easily prevented with monthly medicine. We've already learned all about the disease and the need to keep pets protected, but I realize that not everyone chooses to do so.

In climates where the incidence of the parasite is higher (especially wet and humid ones), doctors usually recommend yearly tests to make sure the doggie is still healthy, even when on preventive meds. While living in Manhattan, North never took these pills, but his SF vet recommended it if we'd be taking trips to woody areas like Marin, Tahoe, or down the Peninsula, so I've got him on a monthly dosage now . . . 'cause we love a good road trip!

There are cases of heartworms in every state so it's always better to be safe than sorry as the low cost pays for peace of mind against this potentially life-threatening issue.

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lostinsomniac lostinsomniac 7 years
Pru gets tested every April for heartworm then I start her on Heartgard from that point until December.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Heartworm was something we didn't have to worry about when we lived in California, it was extremely rare. Now that I'm in Texas, it's just about time to get my dog on it. I voted Never, but that's going to change :)
misslilad misslilad 7 years
this just reminded me that i am out of heartwork pills for my pups and need to pick some up
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
We adopted a dog in January and she tested heartworm positive. What followed was a painful injection that left her very sore followed by 30 days rest (some vets say crate rest, ours said just nothing strenuous like long walks or fetch). Following the 30 days rest were two back-to-back days of the painful injection again. Then another 30 days rest. Now, we're done with the 30 days and are waiting until July to get another test to make sure she's heartworm free. Cost to us: about $700. Save your pup the suffering and your wallet and make sure you give them their yummy mediation once a month!
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