Heartgard - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-05-2009, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 106

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?
Thanks in advance
honda_tuner is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-05-2009, 10:37 PM
Elite Member
srfd44-2's Avatar
Join Date: May 2004
Location: South River, NJ
Posts: 1,134
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.

~ Kathy ~

Kai vom Theishof ~ GSD
Maggie ~ Pug
Natasha ~ Queen Kitty
Midnight ~ Boss Kitty
Lennie ~ "Special" Kitty
srfd44-2 is offline  
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-05-2009, 10:49 PM
Knighted Member
BJDimock's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mansfield, CT
Posts: 2,103
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.

Sar K-9 Tasha (GSD)
Sar K-9 Kolby (GSD)
Sar K-9 Skye (GSD)
GSD's Frodo and Ilan
Retired Guide dog Sika
Retired Guide dog Seda (and ruler of my Pack)
Proud to be a Fidelco Volunteer Puppy Raiser.
BJDimock is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-05-2009, 11:18 PM
Elite Member
weber1b's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 1,484
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.

Clover - GSD 9 yr old Rescue
R.I.P. Spats, Sophie, Emmie, Pooh Bear, Rogue, Max and Patton

Remember, if someone has a problem with you.........it is in fact their problem.
weber1b is offline  
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-06-2009, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 106
Re: Heartgard

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?
honda_tuner is offline  
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-06-2009, 01:40 AM
Crowned Member
arycrest's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 9,805
Re: Heartgard

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

Gayle, Faith, Ledgie, Scooby
At the Bridge: Andy, Abbey, Tasha, Tex, Echo, Yukon, JR, Too, Niki, Bo, Ringer, Kelly, Honey, Mac, Slider & Bruiser
arycrest is offline  
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-06-2009, 01:43 AM
kcscott85's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 121
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.

KC, proud owner of...

Kaiser, "The Tornado"
Baron, "The Pacifier"
kcscott85 is offline  
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-06-2009, 08:31 AM
Master Member
bergwanderkennels's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kreisgruppe 03 Mannheim-Rhein-Neckar
Posts: 737
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.


“Ein Leben ohne Boxer ist möglich, aber sinnlos.”
"A life with out boxer is possible but senseless"

uberhauptnichtwieder (Never ever again)
bergwanderkennels is offline  
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-06-2009, 10:44 AM
Senior Member
tnbsmommy's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Columbia, TN (south of Nashville)
Posts: 475
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....

mommy to:
Abby and Cambrin ~sugar gliders~
Taylor and Brandon~actual children~
Mya ~GSD~

and Magnum*Marley Ain't Got NUttin on Me* RIP sweet, darling boy, gone too soon, always in our hearts.
tnbsmommy is offline  
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-06-2009, 11:38 AM
No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Cassidy's Mom's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 31,941
Re: Heartgard

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.

Cava 1/6/18
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short
Cassidy 6/8/00-10/4/04
Cassidy's Mom is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Frontline, and heartgard? annakovalev Health Issues 2 05-16-2009 09:03 AM
Any side effects to Heartgard Plus hk45shooter General Puppy Stuff 3 04-30-2009 09:31 AM
Heartgard Plus Good or Bad? Cypress Health Issues 8 01-21-2009 12:25 PM
Cheap Heartgard!!!! maggs30 Health Issues 13 10-27-2008 04:21 PM
Frontline / HeartGard? willag Basic Care 5 05-26-2008 02:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome