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Old 05-09-2009, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What age do you start heartworm prevention?

We havent had our first vet appointment yet...but i wanted to know in case this is something I need to take care of before next shots are due.

What age do pups need to be started on heartworm prevention?

Where we live our vets recomend they stay on it year round.
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You can wait until you visit your vet for the shots. Mine got started after they finished their shots.
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here in Texas there is a HUGE risk for heartworm year round...HUGE and its even worse in the spring and summer months. Gianna was almost 9 weeks old when she got her first dose.
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Rocky takes heartworm year round, no way we are taking a chance with that. I dont know what kind of risk there is here though. Flea and tick only in the summer, usually June, July and August. We watch him very carefully for the flea and ticks.
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Here is an incidence map for heartworms (from this website: http://www.knowheartworms.org/incidencemap.asp):

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I would start preventative around the time of your first vaccine appointment. I personally prefer not to give the tablet on the same day as vaccines, but that is my own thing. Plenty of people do and never have a problem.
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Also, please remember that heartworm medication works backwards so it protects back 45 days.
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Default Re: What age do you start heartworm prevention?

Kaylee just went in for her nine-week shots and got her first tablet. We live in an area with fairly high risk, although not year-round. Since it's given by weight, the vet just gave me a sample tablet instead of having me buy a packet that wouldn't suit her in another month. He said to give it to her the day after her shots, just in case either one was going to cause some kind of reaction in her.
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