What is heartworm prevention? I know what it is, but is it pills? Is it something your vet prescribes? Or is it something you buy yourself? I read that you should have your adult dog on a prescription every 3 months.
I feel so dumb, because I know that this is very important & I don't know a thing about it.
When I had my toy poodle, honestly, I didnt' know much about dogs. She wasn't on any heartworm/worm prevention at all. She maybe was once in her life, but thats about it :(.
Can someone just tell me all about it?
Thanks in advance, Ashley
*EDIT* Oh yeah & what brand would you recommend?
***Edited By: justpuppylove on 8/22/2005 12:51:05 AM*** Reason: **
before using any heartworm prevention. you will need a heartworm test. giving a dog heartworm prevention can kill them if they have heartworm. i recommend sentinel, it has some flea and tick prevention properties to it also, heartworm meds are given once a month.
Okay, JustPuppyLove here's how it works...at least in the places I've worked at. If you buy a puppy that is less than 6 months old they will not test your puppy for heartworms first, because basically, it is a waste of a test because the test tests for adult heartworms. It takes about 6 months for the baby heartworms to develope into adults, so even if your puppy is carrying baby heartworms it won't show up positive on a test. This is where the heartworm preventative comes in. Usually we start them on a heartworm preventative on their very first visit. This preventative kills any baby heartworms that the puppy would have contracted since birth. Then, you will have to continue to give the heartworm preventative once a month for the rest of the dog's life. Most vets recommend testing once a year to insure that the preventative is effective. If your dog ever gets off the preventative and you want to start again then you have to do a heartworm test first. Any dog who is over 6 months of age will have to be tested prior to starting the preventative. There are different forms of heartworm preventative. Some are combined with flea/tick medicine, some are also combined with intestinal dewormers to deworm for hookworms and roundworms. Here is the list:
Heartgard- a chewable tablet that prevents heartworms and intestinal worms. (should not be given to collie dogs)
Interceptor-same as heartgard, but different active ingredient used to kill heartworms
Sentinel- same as Interceptor only with an added flea birth control (keeps adult fleas from reproducing)
Revolution- a liquid applied to the back of the neck, prevents heartworms, fleas, ticks, sarcoptic mange, earmites
All of these products must be given once a month to effectively prevent heartworm disease. In our state we use it year round because of the large mosquito population due to the warm climate. Some states in the north only recommend heartworm preventative during the peak mosquito season.
Usually most places recommend spaying around 5 or 6 months of age. Its best to get it done before sexual maturity. Females can sometimes go into their first heat around 6 months of age, so we usually did our spays at around 5 months.
Tran Quilaty- I don't know of a way of keeping flies from laying eggs in the poop, but what I do is pick up the poop right after it exits (lol). Of course I have to walk the dog down the street a ways before she'll poop so we usually end up doing it in someone elses yard...hence the immediate scooping. However, I started doing it even when she does go in our yard and that way I don't have to scoop it all at once. I'd rather do it as I go. Of course I only have one dog, so that makes a difference I'm sure for a lot of people. Anyway, probably not much help, but at least this way you wouldn't have to seen the magots later. I know they're pretty disgusting.