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I used Heartgard last year for the dogs but my new vet recommends Intercept.I got it for Athena but haven't for Lexi yet.What have people's experiences been with both.I like the idea that Intercept takes care of more worms than Heartgard but what are others opinions.

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Re: heartworm medication

I use plain Heartgard, no dewormer. I don't think a dog needs to be dewormed monthly.

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Re: heartworm medication

Am I looking at it the wrong way?I don't look at it as deworming just preventing.

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Re: heartworm medication

My cavalier's on heartgard and has been his whole life. It works great and never had any issues.

My GSD's on interceptor and has been her whole life. Also, no complaints and never any issues.

Both work great for my dogs.
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Re: heartworm medication

We laways used Tri-Heart...dont know the difference, I just know that it has always kept my dogs heartworm free and since that is what I want it to do I keep using it.

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Re: heartworm medication

I've been using Interceptor since it came out. 5 adult dogs and no problems so far.
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Re: heartworm medication

It's a bit confusing because they are advertised as preventatives but while they prevent your dog from contracting heartworm disease what they are actually doing is killing any heartworm larvae they may already have in their system. The medication works 45 days backwards. Therefore, I give my dogs their heartworm medication every 45 days. I start their medication 45 days after the temperature is about 50 degrees at all times. Technically they say 57 degrees but I don't want to take chances so I am conservative on that end.

Here is an excellent detailed explanation:

http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/heartworm/

Heartgard Plus, Ivermectin and the others all have additional dewormers that kills other types of worms they might have like roundworm and whipworm. Since my dogs (Chama, to be exact, b/c she is a poop eater) have only once tested positive for other worms I do not use the products with additional dewormers. Instead I take in a stool samply yearly and have it checked for parasites. If they have them, I treat them for those specific worms. That way I am not given them unnecessary medications.

For those of you who don't know me, I'm one of those all natural types. Unlike many people who treat their animals holistically, I do use heartworm preventative. However, since it is poison, I use it as infrequently as is still effective in killing the heartworm larvae. That means that I give 3, and occassionally 4 (depending on the weather), doses a year. I also test my dogs yearly for heartworm, instead of every 3 years like some people do.

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Re: heartworm medication

I guess I just looked at it differently.I only give in the summer months too.I start in May and go till Oct or Nov depending on the weather.I also test every Spring just in case.So what about the worms that only shed there eggs every 2 weeks or so?I guess I am paranoid since the new vet said all Athena poop problems could be a worm the tests aren't picking up.He also told me that the beavers carry one of the worms and we live across the street from a river and when she goes swimming she drinks the water no matter what I do.
So are you saying it is only necessary every 45 days not 30?That works for me if it works.

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Re: heartworm medication

I use Interceptor and 1/5 the dose so that it's not at the level of a dewormer, as I also don't think that dogs should be regularly de-wormed, and the lower dose treats just the heartworms. I know that Heartgard need only be given every 45 days, I don't know about Interceptor -- I think they attack the heartworm at different stages, L-whatevers, but I don't know the details.

If you really think that Allie has worms, then I would properly deworm her with something like panacur/safeguard, 3 days each, at 2 or 3 week intervals (I don't know the optimal timing offhand).


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Re: heartworm medication

I don't know anything about beavers and worms. And I'm definitely not an expert in parasites, although I will say that vets who don't know gsds and their notorious digestive problems often use parasites as an excuse. If you are comfortable with the extra dewormer then use it. If it is worms causing Allie's problems then you will know pretty quickly if you switch to the new heartworm medication and her problems stop, right? Alternately, you could deworm her in two cycles. That's what I did with Chama and it took care of the problem.

It was a vet who told me about the 45 days. I have since confirmed this with 2 more vets and the article I posted also confirms it. As always, it's your decision. I just think it's important to fully understand the heartworm cycle and infection process, as well as to understand what is in these medications and how they work.


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