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Old 10-15-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Hi, I live in the front range of Colorado (longmont) where we really don't have too many mosquitos. I missed a month of heartworm preventative in my 2 dogs, from september-october. Should I be concerned? Is there anything I can do to mitigate it if they are infected?

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Old 10-15-2013, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Put in a call to your vet. I'm sure that whoever answers the phone has heard this a gazillion times and will have an answer. (Sorry, I don't know... otherwise I'd be happy to tell you.)
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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We have an appointment today for a vaccination booster, however I don't even trust my vet to answer objectively. most of them try to sell as much stuff as possible, they even have science diet in the lobby and I know that food is garbage!
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:00 PM
 
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No, you shouldn't worry. I don't treat my dogs every month on purpose because I feel (based on my research) that it is excessive to dose them monthly and I don't want them to have any more drugs/chemicals/poisons in their systems than is "necessary".

Here's one article that you might find interesting:

Unknown Facts about Dog Heartworms
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:07 PM
 
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We have an appointment today for a vaccination booster, however I don't even trust my vet to answer objectively. most of them try to sell as much stuff as possible, they even have science diet in the lobby and I know that food is garbage!
I have never been to a vet who didn't have SD food in the lobby. Even our former vet, a holistic vet, had it on display.

I wouldn't worry, honestly. I've missed doses lots of times. I know, I'm a terrible person. But I have, and their tests always come back negative. Now I have reminders on my iPhone, so I didn't miss any this year, but I wouldn't have worried if I had.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:17 PM
 
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No worries. The heart worm preventative isn't really a preventative at all. It is an after the fact medication. And I think it goes back 90 days to kill any infection. You can do some research on the internet to check it out. Just give them the next dose and make sure the last one for the year is after mosquito season.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:25 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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takes 3 montsh to establish an "infection" just give them there due does asap and youll be fine...
technically yo only hav to teate with ivermectin every 3 mnths BUT because its not always 100% effective they suggest monthly treatment to be sure no worms get a chance to reach the age to reproduce.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Heartgard back treats, should be okay. HG is also used as a slow kill for HW+ dogs-*some, based on individual cases*, there are some that will need the Ivermectin treatment. Best to call your vet. Other HW preventative does not back treat (Interceptor, Sentinel, Trifexis).
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