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Old 08-05-2014, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Our 14 month old gsd had the heartworm test June 17th and was clear. We were advised to test him annually for hw but not use the medication. Our views have changed and when I called the vet they said another test wasn't necessary just come get the meds.
Any opinions on this? It has been over six weeks since the blood test, should he be tested again?
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If the vet doesn't think so, I wouldn't worry about it. CT isn't really a hotbed for heartworm... it does happen, but it's not nearly as common as in southern states.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the quick response! On my way to the vet now.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Waiting until they are positive, means the worms have reached the adult stage and are in the heart.

The heartworm preventative is meant to kill the larvae in the L3/L4 stage, before they mature and reach the heart.

I might treat only every 6 weeks, during the warm months, but waiting until they are positive is gambling with your pets health IMO.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am in CT and don't know what vet your using, but that is NUTS!

We are loaded with mosquitoes here, it may not be a hotbed for HW, but why take the chance? The preventative is cheaper and easier on a dog than curing a dog of HW.

I'd be switching vets pronto.. I personally, would test again, because the dingbat vet told you the meds weren't necessary why would I believe him about not being tested again...

I'm flabbergasted that a vet here in CT would tell you that..Please pm the vet's name so I know to never go to them..

I do every 45 days from April 1st to Nov 1st, and retest yearly. And it's probably not a "hotbed" because basically every dog is ON the preventative here.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I treat every 45 days, year round. I test once a year.
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Old 08-05-2014, 04:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The life cycle of the larvae takes 90 days minimum to reach adulthood. The heartworm can not reproduce until adulthood. Most commercial preventative medicine is 95-100% effective at recommended doses.

Theoretically speaking, a single dose of meds every 90 days will stop any chance of larvae reproducing.

I suggest that you do your own research, and don't take my word for anything regarding the health of your dog. I'm not a vet.

I choose to treat with Ivermectin at a 10% elevated dose (over Heartguard) every 90 days from 1 March to 1 December. These dates are based on mosquito activity data for my current location. I also choose to use a product designed for another species. I have done my research and consulted with my veterinarian. I do this because I control the dose, because Fama was on this protocol because of potential allergies, and because it saves a considerable amount of money.

Any off label use of any product requires talking to the vet and deciding, with their help, what your acceptable courses of action are.

ETA: Heartworm is very serious. Treatment is lengthy and dangerous. Don't risk the health of your dog based on anything I say. I'm just some dude on the Internet. Talk to your vet before you make any decisions.

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Our 14 month old gsd had the heartworm test June 17th and was clear. We were advised to test him annually for hw but not use the medication. Our views have changed and when I called the vet they said another test wasn't necessary just come get the meds.
Any opinions on this? It has been over six weeks since the blood test, should he be tested again?
read what she said everyone. her views have changed as in she decided to get on the meds and is wondering whether she can get back on or retest since the protocol is to always test before the meds and she tested 6 weeks ago.

lol so quick to bash on this board
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The life cycle of the larvae takes 90 days minimum to reach adulthood. The heartworm can not reproduce until adulthood. Most commercial preventative medicine is 95-100% effective at recommended doses.

Theoretically speaking, a single dose of meds every 90 days will stop any chance of larvae reproducing.

I suggest that you do your own research, and don't take my word for anything regarding the health of your dog. I'm not a vet.

I choose to treat with Ivermectin at a 10% elevated dose (over Heartguard) every 90 days from 1 March to 1 December. These dates are based on mosquito activity data for my current location. I also choose to use a product designed for another species. I have done my research and consulted with my veterinarian. I do this because I control the dose, because Fama was on this protocol because of potential allergies, and because it saves a considerable amount of money.

Any off label use of any product requires talking to the vet and deciding, with their help, what your acceptable courses of action are.

ETA: Heartworm is very serious. Treatment is lengthy and dangerous. Don't risk the health of your dog based on anything I say. I'm just some dude on the Internet. Talk to your vet before you make any decisions.

David Winners
I'm curious as to the specifics on your treatment process, if you don't mind sharing through a pm. I already have altered my process away from the vet's way$, I'd just like to see what you've been doing with the Famous Fama
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