I really don't know if I should start Turbo on heart worm preventive pills. At Turbo's last check up the vet seem to really be promoting them. However could this also be a sales pitch. When I bought him from his breeder he said that he wasn't in favour of giving any of his dogs heart worm preventive meds.
He gives all his dogs their standard vaccinations and rabies once a year. Other than that he's also a big believer in going natural with his dogs. For example giving his dogs garlic, cooked beef, veggies, eggs etc. He felt that a dog needs healthy but natural food added to their diet. This helps to give and build their immune system. He also gives his dogs dry food as well.
He went as far to say that if I did give the puppy any heart worm preventive meds. He wouldn't be held responsible for anything that might go wrong with the puppies health. I really didn't think much at the time. Mostly because all his dogs have great health records.
Plus this man has 25 years of registered responsible breeding. With both Boxers and Jack Russell Terriers. Prior to his 25 years of breeding he also showed dogs and other peoples dogs professionally.
How can I not give credit to this man... plus I also did a background check on this man prior to buying a puppy from him. The man is squeaky clean. Can I ask your opinion on this one?
Although my vet told me heartworm would be rare I didn't chance it and bought the meds anwyays. My old vet had us on an interceptor every six months, but I heard heartgard plus was much better so I bought it. It's also like a treat for Max because it's a beef flavored tab.
I wouldn't risk it, because my vet has had some heartworm cases already this summer, it's awful. Why risk it , when heartworm could be deadly to your dog? And as we are in the season, I'd strongly suggest listening to your vet and buying heartworm preventatives. It's just in the best interest of the dog, it's no sales con. With the heartgard plus that Max is on it also prevents hookworms, and I give it to him once a month without problems.
Turbo needs it , just to be on the safe side. I find vets are a bit pricey sometimes, so ordering off of www.1800petmeds.com could also be wise. If your vet is charging over 40$ for it then he's ripping you off,like my old vet did. Good luck.
INterceptor is meant to be used on a monthly basis, are you sure it wasn't pro-heart 6 (which was withdrawn from the market) that your vet had you on every 6 months?
Interceptor is what we use, it's an excellent monthly product that prevents heartworms, hookworms, whipworms and roundworms. Heartguard uses ivermectin as aactive ingredient, which means if you havea herding breed it can be deadly to use as they have a particular succeptibility to that medicine. It's still a good product, and prevents heartworms, hookworms and roundworms (not whipworms though).
IMHO absolutely your dog should be on heartworm preventative. I dont' think it's smart not to have your pet on heartworm preventative if you live in the US, not when the consequences are so dire. Heartworm treatment is brutal, beleive me I've seen it. And I've even heard of dogs that are indoor dogs getting heartworms, from mosquitoes that have flown into the house. The treatment for heartworm is difficult and the recovery period requires that your dog be completely inactive and unexcited for a minimum of 8 weeks, or it could die of congestive heart failure.
So I ask you, do you really want to take this kind of chance when you can't prevent mosquitoes from biting your pet and when it's so easy to prevent?
***Edited By: Minniyar on 7/9/2006 3:25:17 PM*** Reason: add
I agree with Minniyar. I personally wouldn't chance it. Depending on where you live, they don't have to be on it year-round. Just start it 1 month before mosquito season and finish 1 month after. I just had Maggie put on Revolution... does HW, fleas, ticks. HW treatment is brutal and not to mention expensive. Do you really want to risk putting your dog through that?
***Edited By: imsdac on 7/9/2006 3:29:59 PM*** Reason: spelling
There is a specific gene carried by some dogs that makes them subject to an adverse reaction to Ivermectin (the active ingredient in Heartgard). Usally the most danger is to dogs of collie ancestry. Giving heartworm medication to a dog that ALREADY has heartworms can kill the dog. I've never heard of a case that had a problem unless the dog fell into one of those two categories. There are other products on the market that do not contain Ivermectin. If you have mosquitoes where you live you have heartworms. They are found in every state in the US. While your breeder sounds like he has a lot of experience he seems to have a blind spot when it comes to being able to learn something new. Heartworm protection is not a fad, it is necessary. Telling you he wont be "responsible" if anything happens as a result of your use of a heartworm preventative sounds like he is trying to convince you of his ways and if you don't go along with his ideas it will somehow be your fault for doing something wrong because you dared to question his methods. No matter how much experience someone has they still need to be able to learn for the sake of the dogs where something as life-threatening as heartworm is concerned. That's why doctors and veterinarians regularly attend seminars to update their methods and practices.
yeah to put it bluntly, I have to admit my first thought on hearing your breeder neither recommends nor uses heartworm treatment is that he's a couple cans short of a 6-pack. I guess he'll be more more willing to use the all natural treatment of arsenic derivatives (and seriously, these treatments are the only known way to treat a heartworm infestation) to treat his dogs when they end up coming down with it.
In my area of the country, a dog that is not on heartworm preventative has a 45% chance of getting heartworm :P
Heartworms are common where there are misquetos. Some states which are cooler do not have a high an incident of them. Dogs can also live with a low worm burden for years.
However, with the amount of travelling we do the incidents in all states are increasing. Heartworms are horrible and for those of us who have had a dog get them, you learn your lesson the hardway as you spend months praying your dog dosent die during the treatment.
I agree w/ everyone else and say to give heartworm preventative. My terrier used to get the Pro Heart injections every 6 months, now all 3 dogs are on Interceptor and we have had no ill effects from it. Where we live there are so many mosquitos in late summer that last year they actually sprayed to kill them to prevent the spread of West Nile virus to humans and horses, so we definitely need the heartworm protection.
I Agree! All My dogs are on Heartguard Plus except Timber he wont chew the treat so he gets a shot every six months (year Round) My vet has a JAR with a heart full of heartworms, that was enough for me my dogs dont miss one dose!
I agree with everyone else. Heartworm prevention is key. I can't believe this man would basically tell you he would not be responsible for any health effects or illnesses if you put your dog on a preventative.
I know my old vets office would basically sell you the stuff even if you didn't want it because here i wisconsin there are a lot of mosquitos.
My advice. Buy the preventative, and give it to your dog once a month.
Many thanks to everyone who responded to my post! :)
Well... I definitely will have Turbo takes his Heart worm preventative Meds. The Vet did ask me if I wanted to put Turbo on them. At the time I wasn't too sur. I definitely will be telling her of my decision at the next appoinment.
I couldn't remember if she said it was a needle or chewables. I will certainly have to find out my facts before the next appoinment in two weeks. :)