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Old 09-19-2014, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default heart worm medication and exercise questions?

I have a 4 month old gsd. I was wondering what heartworm brands you guys recommend that I use.

Also for exercise I take my puppy to a field and play catch with him for about 15 minutes and hes nice and tired from running around. Ive been told this is potentially u healthy so I was just looking for clarification.

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Old 09-19-2014, 05:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What region do you live in? I think that affects what products are likely to be most recommended (e.g., far North, deep South, arid West, etc.).
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I used to use Heartguard on my last dog for 13 years. With the new one, he is on Sentinel. It protects against more worms. But its more expensive. Either would be ok in my book. As far as playing, as long as there isn't too much jumping and catching, I don't see an issue with it. I wouldn't run the dog on roads, but in a field on grass or in the woods on soft leaf matter, I don't see an issue with the puppy running. I take my boy to the woods for some off leash running all the time, have been since he was about 4 months old. I also play with a flirt pole since he was about 3 months old. If you limit jumping and hard road running, you should be fine.

I'm sure some will disagree, but I tend to be realistic. They need to run, play and tire out. I try not to be overly cautious, I guess the proof is in the pudding. We will see what my hip scores are in about 1.5 years. I might be eating my words :-)
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Does your dog have heartworms? If so, I know they should only go for short controlled walks with no long walks and no running. At least that's what the vet says at the animal shelter I volunteer at. The dogs with hearworms have to limit their exercise until the worms are gone, otherwise it could kill them.
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Does your dog have heartworms? If so, I know they should only go for short controlled walks with no long walks and no running. At least that's what the vet says at the animal shelter I volunteer at. The dogs with hearworms have to limit their exercise until the worms are gone, otherwise it could kill them.
Yes. This, a jrt in foster came to ontario from carolina hw+ he was crafted and medicated with limits until he cleared them.
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OP said his dog is 4 mo. There's no way he could have a (+) HW test yet, as it takes about 6-7 mo. for worms to mature to a point that the test can pick them up. Most vets won't even test a dog that young, as it's a wasted test.

That doesn't mean the dog is actually HW(-)--just that any worms are too young to show up in a test (but if the dog is already infected, in a few months, the test could become (+)).

OP, the region matters. People are recommending Heartguard in the thread. That's very fine in Connecticut, where Eddie is, but I personally wouldn't use it in Louisiana or Mississippi where ivermectin-resistance is emerging (in fact, I took my dogs off of Iverhart, a generic equivalent of Heartguard, because of the ivermectin-resistance developing in the Mississippi Delta). In this region, Advantage Multi is a better choice in my personal opinion (as there's no resistance to it yet), and we have year-round fleas, so flea-protection is needed even in the winter.

So it really does matter where you are located. Your vet should be having a conversation with you about what products are best in your area, whether year-round flea protection is needed, and whether you need a "bundled" all-in-one product, or just HW prevention by itself.
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Don't forget the evil dog-killer Trifexis.

Trifexis will take care of heartworm, three types of intestinal parasite, and fleas. Extremely effective and once a month.

But wait, here come all the naysayers and preachers of death...wait for it...
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