Thanks for posting! I started going to the 45 day interval a few months ago when my vet told me that the pill actually lasts for that long. It makes me feel a bit better to have to give it only about 8 times/year. Unfortunately, living in Florida heartworm prevention is a year-round necessity, but it's nice to hear Dr. Dodds confirm what I've been doing.
I have not started Heartworm meds with Bear and was debating whether to or not. It lists that my area would be May-October to administer. Looking at the map for heartworms and where I am located it is not very prevalent at all.
Should I consider giving it to him? Which heartworm medication is considered the safest?
I have been using Ivomec locally but I cut the dosage below what most people give...... the vet here said Heartguard(tm) dose may not be high enough in the preventive dose anymore (as opposed to resistant populations in NE GA) and only prescribes or sells preventives with all the flea/tick stuff with it and I am not doing that stuff. I am doing 30 days. I know 45 is fine but I would rather have the safety period.
I don't want to answer for Jocoyn, but I don't buy the combo pills either because I prefer to keep chemicals to a minimum and don't feel that I need to give flea meds monthly (or every 45 days even). Personally, I'd rather control fleas naturally, if I could find something that worked in Florida. Until then, I give Comfortis, as needed, which is usually every 3-4 months.