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Do you give heartworm medicine?

Discussion in 'Drugs & Medications' started by melbell, Jul 29, 2014.

Do you give heartworm medicine?

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  2. No

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  1. melbell

    melbell Forums Enthusiast

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    So, we are going to be moving in two weeks back to PA. I always gave Ruutu Trifexis because of us living in the swamp area of NC. Honey got Trifexis once moving down here, but never did before. I was curious to how many people give heart worm protection and where you live. I am debating whether to continue their dosages or to discontinue them.
     
  2. Watson's Mom

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    We live in western NY, I give Trifexis year round. But, I am thinking about only doing it for part of the year... one more thing to add to my list of things to chit chat with the vet about. I know they will have us do a test before going back on in the spring.

    His breeder, in the Finger Lakes region, if I remember correctly, does not treat for heart worm.
     
  3. Ann

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    I give heartworm meds but every six weeks, not every four. Veterinary research shows that it's effective for that long and not necessary to dose every four weeks. I discontinue it from December to March when it's cold here in the Northeast.
     
  4. Watson's Mom

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    Thanks for mentioning the off months Ann, I wasn't sure what they actually were, and I will ask to about the 6 weeks vs 4 weeks thing too.

    And when I said his breeder doesn't treat heartworm... I meant they don't give preventatives... big difference I guess :eek:
     
  5. Jess041

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    I'm in Texas. I give Trifexis year-round.
     
  6. Mom2Melli

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    Heartgard all year. We tested for MDR1
     
  7. melbell

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    See down here I gave it all year long. But up there I don't know if it's necessary or if I can skip winter months then restart it but you have to get tested then don't you?
     
  8. PatC

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    Eastern PA here. I give Interceptor year-round.
     
  9. Mom2Melli

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    Good info Ann. We have no winter to speak of so we are year-round. Would love to increase the scheduling. I do flea/tick every 5 weeks because they also said it lasts longer than a month. Maybe I shall move the HW to a 5 week schedule. It makes a difference in the course of a lifetime.

    Of course, right now we are on a "deworming" use too as the pup came with a belly full of large roundworms and I am routing out everyone until another fecal proves I got them all.
     
  10. melbell

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    I currently give Trifexis once a month and then both of mine wear tick collars. Trifexis covers fleas for me though.
     

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