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#43533 - 05/19/10 01:45 AM Re: Heartworm Preventatives [Re: Lin]
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I have given all of my dogs heartworm preventative. It is the only chemicals I use and here's what I do:

Test every year
Start 45 days after the mosquitoes hatch (around here that means I start between June 1 and June 15)
Give every 45 days until 45 days after it gets cold enough

That means I give 3 doses. I use regular Heartgard, without the dewormer.

Just so you know, you do have heartworm disease in your area. My experience with Bug Off is that while it works great for ticks (only found one on my dogs in 6 years and found more than that on me!!!!) it does not work in the case of a heavy flea infestation. Then you have to use other mentions in conjunction like NEEM spray and shampoo and diatamaceous earth.


Edited by BowWowMeow (05/19/10 01:47 AM)
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#43537 - 05/19/10 01:56 AM Re: Heartworm Preventatives [Re: BowWowMeow]
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Ruth,

We use to give Beau Advantage Multi 55. I really would like to stay away from the chemical preventatives at all cost which is why I am not planning on getting any from the vets office like I mentioned.

I do want to give something though which is why I am looking at the all natural ones, have you heard of the one Lin posted about?
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#43541 - 05/19/10 02:05 AM Re: Heartworm Preventatives [Re: elisabeth]
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There is a protocol for herbals and heartworm - it's somewhere on this site: http://www.banditsbuddies.com/ That site also contains info for treating heartworm herbally.

Most "natural" heartworm uses Black Walnut Hull, but that can be hard on the liver too, so on that one, it's a trade off. I used to use the regular Heartgard with no wormer, like BWM, now I use Interceptor at 1/5 the regular dose (Safeheart dose) which is only effective for heartworms and not other stuff.

Testing is important. I also think testing might be more important when treating herbally.
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#43543 - 05/19/10 02:11 AM Re: Heartworm Preventatives [Re: elisabeth]
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I have not heard of that product. I do know some people around here who test every year but don't give preventatives.

This is a great article on understanding the heartworm cycle.

Oh, I stopped giving Chama heartworm preventative when she was 13, on the advice of a vet.
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#43547 - 05/19/10 02:21 AM Re: Heartworm Preventatives [Re: BowWowMeow]
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Black Walnut Hull is the classic herbal for heartworm prevention, been used for years, about as long as I've been on the health boards. BUT, it itself can be hard on the liver. So, to give an herbal regularly that can be hard on the liver, or to give the pharmaceuticals (the simpler ones) once a month, I'm not sure there is as much gained as some might think. I may be wrong on that. I do think that these "all in one" heartworm preventatives are more dangerous than plain heartguard. I think *low-dose* Intercepter is also in the least toxic category. Sentinal, Revolution, etc., those are in a different class, from my point of view at least.


Edited by MaxaLisa (05/19/10 02:22 AM)
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