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Old 02-28-2008, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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We currently live in Northern CA, and are purchasing a home to live in within one to two years in Conroe. In Northern CA, heartworm in the city limits is not generally a problem, but we will be moving to a wooded area in Conroe. I told my husband we should probably start our pomeranian and yorkie on heartworm preventative meds soon, to prepare them, since we also plan to take them for "outings" at Lake Conroe. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Seattle,WA
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Discuss it with your vet first. When I moved from the SF Bay Area to Houston I started the heartworm medicine for my maltese once we made the move. He never had heartworms but I probably should have started the meds a few months before our move to be on the safe side. I live in Seattle now and this past summer my vet had information out that heartworm is now affecting pets in the Pacific NW so it may now be a problem in Northern CA also.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Yes, your dogs should been on heartworm preventative year round when you live in Texas. As far as visits, ask your vet how long before and after the visits. Heartworms enter the dog's body via bites from infected mosquitoes and mosquitoes are always a threat.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I think given the relatively low cost involved in giving the heartworm medicine and no adverse affects from giving it early, I would give it a few months before moving too like the pp said.

Prior to giving heartworm medicine and then at regular intervals after that, the vet will test your dog's blood to make sure they don't have an active case.
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake TX
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We put our dogs on them as puppies to around age 2, then gave it to them randomly to age 3, then pretty much forgot about it. Vaccinations went to age 3 as well. They are perfectly fine now at ages 6 and 9, and have been to ''outings'' many times. And we live close to the coast, where there are plenty of mosquitos.

The only time we started all of that up again was last year, only because we went on vacation and the kennels require it. I guess that's not a bad thing, but I think it's a money making game first and foremost. Take them to the vet for ''advice'', and they will go the whole 9 so you can pay them. At some point you have to put your foot down.

I personally think your money is better spent getting their teeth cleaned every 6-12 months after age 5 than getting vaccines. How often have you as a fully grown adult gotten a vaccine for something?
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Old 02-29-2008, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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We put our dogs on them as puppies to around age 2, then gave it to them randomly to age 3, then pretty much forgot about it. Vaccinations went to age 3 as well. They are perfectly fine now at ages 6 and 9, and have been to ''outings'' many times. And we live close to the coast, where there are plenty of mosquitos.

The only time we started all of that up again was last year, only because we went on vacation and the kennels require it. I guess that's not a bad thing, but I think it's a money making game first and foremost. Take them to the vet for ''advice'', and they will go the whole 9 so you can pay them. At some point you have to put your foot down.

I personally think your money is better spent getting their teeth cleaned every 6-12 months after age 5 than getting vaccines. How often have you as a fully grown adult gotten a vaccine for something?
I agree about the vaccines. Dogs need their puppy immunizations but I think beyond that is a scam. Vets are starting to charge similar prices to what you would see for human elective procedures. Ridiculous. Don't let anyone talk you into a total hip replacement for a cat. HOWEVER, my first dog developed heartworms and had to be put down. Heartworm medication is a worthwhile expenditure and is NOT that pricey.
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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Regarding heartworm, we have our Golden Retrievers on Revolution -- a combination heartworm & flea control product. The treatment is easy -- squeeze a small tube of liquid on their skin between their shoulder blades once a month. This product has worked great for our 3 years in Atlanta and we will continue it once we settle in Houston.

Now that they are full-grown, our vet is moving them to a 3-year cycle on their vaccines with annual titer testing (I believe this is right) to confirm immunity to the various canine diseases. I am not sure how this treatment program will be accepted by the kennels, which is our biggest concern.

Dental cleanings are also a good suggestion, as a prior poster mentioned. Our older dog gets them every 6-9 months as needed. The younger one doesn't need them as frequently.
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Eastwood (Houston)
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My dogs have been on Revolution all their lives ... heartworms take 6 months to complete their life cycle so you need to start your dogs on heartworm meds at 6 months of age to be safe. You can find Revolution cheap and w/o a prescription on the internet. It also gets rid of the fleas and ear mites. I have applied it to 8 week old kittens. I swear by it! Dianne
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Old 03-11-2008, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Conroe, TX
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our pomeranian is 8 yrs old, our yorkie is almost 3 yrs old..I figured it would be a good idea to start them on heartworm meds soon, even though we are a couple of years out from our move...then they would be fully protected before they arrive to their new Houston "digs"
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:20 AM
 
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Default Heartworm for your pets

Always have your pet on heartworm prevention once the vet recommends the start at the correct age, monthly regardless of where you live, regardless of the temperature. It is imperative to ensure the health of your dogs.
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