Everyone should protect their dogs from heartworm. Heartworm is found in every state in the U.S. and since all it takes is a monthly tablet to prevent it, letting a dog die from heartworms is inexcusable. Unfortunately, I don't think there is any law that says you have to protect your dogs from heartworms. You do have to get them medical treatment if they need it and since heartworms will kill a dog and treatment is dangerous and expensive you'd be a fool not to provide your dog with heartworm preventative meds. Once the dog has the worms the treatment itself can kill the dog. It is heartbreaking to see a dog only a couple of years old gasping and wheezing and practically falling down after just walking a dozen steps because its heart and arteries are clogged by worms so big they resemble spaghetti - just because someone was too lazy or too cheap to buy the meds.
Instead of asking what the price is for preventative, you should ask what the price would be for treatment if your dog would get heartworm. Preventing ANYTHING is always less expensive and less painful than the cure.
I fully agree with catlover. The price of prevention (mine was on top of with the 65 dollar adoption fee, it was 20 dollars for 6 months of prevention) is nothing compaired to not just the price of heartworm treatment but mostly the unneed pain, suffering, and overall unwellness of your dog.
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It's in the 20-40 dollar range to get a heartworm test prior to getting meds.. (we are diligent in taking them on time all season so we test every other year). And then price is partially on what product you get and the weight of the dog/ dose of the drug.
This past season we were on revolution as an all in one for ticks, fleas and hw.. the box for a 24 pound dog was 109. In April we are going to get tested, get our prescription and order online. I want Advantix for flea and tick meds and it's not an option here.
I started giving it to Lacy when she was three months, and she has gotten it every month since then. I give her Heartguard. It's about $25 for 6 months worth. Since she is an indoor dog, she's at a low risk for Heartworms, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I've seen Heartworms in a dog heart before. The heart was so full of worms that I have no idea how there was room at all for blood. I think there is also a shot you can get that last 6 months, there is a liquid form of heartworm preventative that can be given once a month, and Revolution which takes care of heartworms, fleas, earmites and all that stuff.
An indoor dog is not at low risk of getting heartworms. It has less exposure than an outdoor dog, but calling it low risk can be mis-leading. I assume everybody here also lives indoors yet you all surely have been bit by mosquitoes before. And mosquitoes do make it into the house sometimes. I guess if one's dog NEVER went outside for anything at all, walks, potty, to car, etc.. then that would be different.
Of course Lacy goes outside sometimes. She goes outside several times a day for a few minutes to potty, and occasionally I take her on longer walks. Every once in a while we'll go to the park and walk around.
I didnt think that bentleys heart worm medicine was pricey at all. well worth the price.
Bentley was just in the vets office yesterday and the vet said in june i think he said or july we would be testing bentley for heart worms-
is it a blood test? the first vet i took bentley to when he was younger never gave me meds for heart worms and then i ended up switching vets and he couldnt believe that this vet didnt give him heart meds so the new vet of coarse got him on it. yes its a 6 month supply once pill a month. werid tho why the other vet didnt even talk to me about it or give me any meds for it when bentley was old enough to start taking it- werid. theresa