|08-15-2013 01:18 PM|
|08-15-2013 01:13 PM|
This is another spammer, mild but spam anyhow
|08-15-2013 12:55 PM|
Most here in Central FL require it (holistic & regular).... and will even count the months since you bought it last for EACH dog. My current vet isn't as strict about it, but we still do testing once a year. I'm fine with doing that.... however, my problem is that Trifexis is popular here and most places selling it will run out very quickly. My vets clinic caters to the large breeds (especially GSDs and Malis since they are the police K9s vet here, and also the vet for a few working breeders in the area).... so almost every time I go to get it, the 60-120lbs is out. I usually just order it through them, but there are times I need it a little sooner (it can take 4 days... to 2 months... no accurate time frame). If you go ANYWHERE else, they will NOT give it to you unless you do another heartworm test (and the appointment cost too of course). The shot clincs, the vets clinics... everywhere. I've even brought our paperwork from my vet's clinic (test was just done 4 days prior) with their seal and everything that says my dogs name, AKC #, Micro chip #, AND his tattoo...... they could check every one of those to make sure it's the same dog (he was with me).... "Nope! Need a heartworm test with us."
This to me is crazy.... and the reason most here can't get it to take care of their dogs. It's very pricey itself, but to continuously have to pay for that, the appointment cost, AND the heartworm test...... that's insane and to me just a scam to get $. IMO, I don't think this should be required. Less pets would have heartworm if it was more available and affordable. Ours have never been a day without their heartworm preventative, but I do know of dog owners who have fallen into hard times and just can't pay for vet appointments, heartworm test, and the actually stuff itself (all of those for each dog) every time they need to buy a box. They have the money for the preventative, and the yearly check ups and tests (basic care of the dogs)... but just can't do that all every few months. And this right here, is why people sell it illegally here.
Biggest scam in dog ownership if you ask me.
|08-13-2013 08:08 PM|
Our vet will sell us the pills without the HW test, but it doesn't include the "guarantee"
Meaning if your dog dies from heart worm, even if always on the pills, they won't cover the replacement cost of the dog without the test.
They figure the dog could be HW positive even before the pills start being administered.
Sounds like a way of "weaseling out" of the replacement cost if the pills don't work, but I can also see their point as well.
|08-13-2013 06:53 PM|
|JakodaCD OA||Rbeckett same here in CT,,no test no pills..|
|08-13-2013 05:54 PM|
Anyway, I don't think the State of Florida requires a test...
edit: my last vet also said that soon an Rx won't even be required as the pills have such little active ingredients anyway.
|08-13-2013 05:45 PM|
Don't know about anywhere else but Florida requires a pre-test with clean results and a scrip to get HW pills from a vet. No test, no pill it is that simple. And the test is repeated annually here in Florida to keep HW at bay due to the high mosquito incidence. I support it 100%. If you cant afford to take your dog to the vet for a health check, you shouldn't have a dog. I'm pretty black and white on that because I have seen a dog die from HW infestation and it is agonizing and uneeded.
|08-13-2013 05:07 PM|
|Magwart||I just reported one too. It's especially shady as all his posts are advertising some site selling HW preventative without a RX in the US--which isn't legal in the US as far as I know.|
|08-13-2013 04:57 PM|
I reported 2 posts
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|08-13-2013 04:52 PM|
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