As I wrote in my previous post - there's nothing wrong with not checking a dog for heartworms if the dog is under 6 months old. Dogs under 6 months old won't test positive because even if they're been infected, there hasn't been time for the heartworms to reach adulthood and trigger the test. This does NOT mean that dogs under 6 months can't contract heartworms, they most certainly can. If your vet hasn't tested your dog and your dog is still a puppy, that's fine. If you're sure your vet told you that dogs under 6 months don't need preventative because they can't get heartworms then yes, you may need a new vet.Quote:He also told us that puppies can't get heartworms and that we should give them heartworm pills at about 6 months. Am I seeing the wrong Vet?
What often happens is that vet says that dogs won't test positive/don't need to be tested for heartworms before 6 months of age (which is true) and people take that to mean that dogs can't be infected with heartworms before 6 months of age (which is not true). Possibly what happened here? I wish vets would take the time to make that more clear because it's a very common mix up that undoubtedly results in owners delaying starting treatment when they shouldn't.Quote: I did ask my husband if he remembered the vet telling us that pups can't get heartworms before 6 months and he did remember him saying that.