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Old 04-04-2014, 02:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was researching heartworm in my area and found some info off the Heartworm Society page about when and how often to give preventatives. It makes sensd to me and I'm thinking that I'm going to switch the dosing based on the climate. They used Chicago/Illinois as an example so it's spelled out pretty well and I can't screw it up I'm slightly hesitant about 6 week intervals instead of a month but that makes sense to. I've also checked the average nightly temperatures and it is under 64 degrees in May, I haven't checked June, but that is where the 30 day after season would come in making the first dose July 1st. It also states that milk thistle should be given for a week after each dose, but how much of a dose do the dogs get of that? I'm not familiar with milk thistle at all. I've attached the article and opinions are more then welcome.

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Old 04-04-2014, 05:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would check with a vet, but once a month sounds about right.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Milk Thistle is cooling for the liver!
I have used it for years for myself and the kids. This is awesome news for me that I can give it to my dog.

I dont know about dosage. But it doesnt have any side effects even if used daily for a few weeks. So I would venture by weight I would give half of an adult dosage for starters. ( or pill if dosage is not listed)


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Old 04-04-2014, 07:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The Heartworm Society doesn't recommend climate dosing. Are you on the right page? American Heartworm Society t

The website you linked is an article from 2007.

Here is what AHS says -
Chemoprophylaxis:
AHS recommends year-
round administration of chemoprophylactic
drugs to prevent heartworm disease, control
other pathogenic and/or zoonotic parasites, and
enhance compliance, the latter being particularly
important in light of the documented presence of
resistant sub-populations.

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Based on new information regarding possible reduced heartworm preventative efficacy, I now feel it’s best to give heartworm preventives year-round, not only for better protection against infection, but also to ensure that the manufacturer will pay for treatment should your dog become infected with heartworms.
DogAware.com Articles: Heartworm Prevention in Dogs she has good information and is a proponent of less meds and natural alternatives, but still gives hr dogs year round heartworm pills at the normal dose.
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The article was from a link on that page(American heartworm society). I read the other article that was posted also. Heartworm is common in areas with Mosquitos present, which is when weather gets to be over 64 degrees at night, which is really in June. My question now becomes why dose the dogs all year round if that is the case? I don't know if it's right but it makes sense, it's another poison in their system for what purpose? I feel comfortable with the DE and other worms, do that is covered.
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I am presently dosing all year long and I caught some heat on that, which made me look into it.
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"We strongly advise against giving heartworm preventives less often than monthly, or giving lower than recommended dosages. While this may have worked in the past, based on the original efficacy studies, it seems clear that it’s not working now."

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I do the May-Nov dosing up here in the land of waaay below freezing winters, but I give it every 30 days. That article also says there's a window of opportunity for the larvae, so I'm not messing around. Ugh, this is the hard time of year when we have to make all these decisions about how much poison vs how much risk. That's another good thing about -20, lmao.
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"We strongly advise against giving heartworm preventives less often than monthly, or giving lower than recommended dosages. While this may have worked in the past, based on the original efficacy studies, it seems clear that itís not working now."

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I do the May-Nov dosing up here in the land of waaay below freezing winters, but I give it every 30 days. That article also says there's a window of opportunity for the larvae, so I'm not messing around. Ugh, this is the hard time of year when we have to make all these decisions about how much poison vs how much risk. That's another good thing about -20, lmao.
Well that article made me feel worse. It kinda stinks that the medicine I give is not 100 percent
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I'm sorry - but it made me feel worse too
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I'm sorry - but it made me feel worse too
I called the vet mentioned in the one article and they said that they were recommending April here but they pushed it to May. They are looking at weather and the general rule is 2 weeks of solid 60 degree daytime temps to start medication. They also go 45 days between doses. They also are starting to think that the heartguard medication has something to do with protecting dogs against heartworm and Lyme but are in the process of researching that.
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