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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-05-2009, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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I'm trying to find a good heartworm protection and was wondering what everyone here uses. How susceptible are they to heartworms? Should I be worried if he's not on treatment now?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-05-2009, 10:37 PM
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Re: Heartgard

Your vet can test for heartworms now and if all is clear then your dog can be started on the medication. I personally use Sentinel and have not had any problems with it.

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Re: Heartgard

Heartgard, or any of it's generic counterparts are very safe, and easy to give with one dose a month.
How susceptible depends on where you live. If there is heartworm in your area, your dog can get it. Doesn't matter how healthy or what food you feed.
A heads up for those in Ct. We've treated 2 cases this spring, both from different areas of the state.

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Re: Heartgard

We use Heartguard as well. We have used it for over 20 years on all of our dogs. We have lived north and south (Georgia for 4 years) and have been happy with it.

No matter what area you live in, I don't think heartworm is worth risking. Treatment is so easy and effective, it's a no brainer.

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-06-2009, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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I'm confused cause I read some bad reviews on heartgard and the generic version. People saying that their dogs still got heartworms with using the medication. Could be human error. Oh by the way I live in Los Angeles. Is that a high risk city for heartworm?
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Re: Heartgard

I've been using Interceptor since 1995 and have been happy with it.

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Re: Heartgard

We have Kaiser on Heartguard Plus and Sadie on Ivermectin Max (generic brand). There will always be bad reviews on absolutely everything, there will always be at least one person dissatisfied wit something, but I'd rather have them on it and take the chance rather than leave them exposed.

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Re: Heartgard

No not human error none of the heart worm meds are 100% There is still a chance your dog can get heart worm. That is the reason why even if your dog is on meds they still need a heart worm test every year.

(FYI) If you oRder Heart worm meds from your vet and your dog gets heart worm then the company (Heart guard ect..) will pay for treatment. If you go through one of those ouside companies then they will not.

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Re: Heartgard

Can I ask a silly heartgard question? I have both my dogs on it, May was the first month I've had to give it to Magnum, since we just adopted him... he wouldn't eat it. I had to cut it up, put it inside hot dog pieces and feed it to him that way, that won't cut down the effectiveness will it? I don't mean to hijack, I just thought since the subject is so close, it would be ok to post it here in stead of starting a whole new heartgard thread and its just something I was thinking about after the fact....

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Tnbsmommy, that's fine. You want the dog to chew it up, and if they won't, they suggest that you break it into pieces. Getting it into him is the important thing.

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