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04-06-2014 08:37 AM
llombardo I was thinking about it and the rescue group I worked with did not do anything as far as heartworm was concerned. I asked if the dogs were on medicine and they said it wasn't in the funds, but as the foster person I could do it on my own. Their thought process was they hoped the dog got adopted quickly so the owners could get it done. I don't even know if they are even tested now that I think about it. Lots of rescues take dogs from everywhere.
04-06-2014 08:25 AM
DJEtzel I've never dosed all year long. I dose May-October, every 45 days with liquid ivermectin.

Eta. We do have a lot of hw in the area. Lots of chained dogs, lots of dogs coming up from the south, too.
04-06-2014 08:20 AM
llombardo
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Originally Posted by JeanKBBMMMAAN View Post
I merged the 2 hw threads.
Thanks. I was going to ask if that good be done.
04-06-2014 07:55 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN I merged the 2 hw threads.
04-06-2014 01:41 AM
llombardo
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Originally Posted by BowWowMeow View Post
I don't go by a chart, I go by the actual temperature.

My vet said the few cases he's seen of dogs with heartworm here are dogs that have come up (by adoption) from the south. He also said it's increasing around here because so many more dogs are being brought up from the south.

I am in a much colder climate than the Carolinas, however.
I'm in the same type of climate as you and I think that the dogs with heartworm are generally the ones brought from the south too. The temperature doesn't lie. Mosquitos are not going to be out under I think its 64 degrees, so 55-58 degrees is a safe number IMO. They say that the cycle is in motion and takes two weeks, but one day with numbers lower can stop that cycle. Does that cycle start all over or continue where it left off? I might start in June with mine, I think July 1st would even work, but I don't want to push it. I might even spray around my house for mosquitos this summer because I don't want them bothering me either.
04-05-2014 09:34 PM
BowWowMeow I don't go by a chart, I go by the actual temperature.

My vet said the few cases he's seen of dogs with heartworm here are dogs that have come up (by adoption) from the south. He also said it's increasing around here because so many more dogs are being brought up from the south.

I am in a much colder climate than the Carolinas, however.
04-05-2014 09:07 AM
Neko Sentinel is $5 a pill at dr foster and smith online or if you get the box, you can send in for $10 rebate.

My big boy and my puppy both do great on it, no reactions.

We did awful on trifexis and stopped immediately
04-05-2014 07:52 AM
K9POPPY My vet suggests year-round, he says it not worth taking chances with the weather, it only takes 1 bite- Bob
04-05-2014 06:49 AM
Angelina03 Miami is mosquito **** and it's never really cold for more than a few days. It's year-round for us, I'm not taking any changes.


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04-05-2014 06:47 AM
jocoyn I quit in the winter in a region that should have been safe by that map and got two dogs with heartworm. That was in 1997. I now give it year round. According to that map I should start in June and stop in November.

IF the two dogs who got the heartworms had less than optimal immune systems, that is news to me. Neither one had any allergy issues and one lived to be 15, the other 14 (A GSD and an ESS) and were healthy all their lives other than the heartworms.

FWIW, I am very cautious about using chemicals (garlic only for this dog with no flea and tick chemicals) and am a vaccine minimalist.
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