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Old 11-30-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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My two Yorkies (ages 12 and 2) have been on HeartGuard since birth, practically. We give it to them the 1st of every month. My vet in CO checked a map of Heartworm activity and recommended we continue with the Heartguard in OV. His question was: "Is heartworm endemic to Tucson, or did it migrate in on infected dogs?" In CO, it migrated in through infected dogs bitten by mosquitoes in the midwest, mostly. Does anyone else give their dogs HeartGuard?
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Red Rock, Arizona
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I give all three of my dogs HeartGuard every month.
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:21 AM
 
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Mine gets Heartgard once a month year 'round on the strong advice of our vet. I also let him run the heartworm test every year to make sure it is not present in my pooch. I have never asked how or when heartworm appeared in this area. I guess that doesn't really matter now.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I also use HeartGuard for our doggie. I figure it's a small price to pay for peace of mind.
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:08 AM
 
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HeartGuard is a really nice product. It sounds like you're very responsible in making sure they're treated properly, so just keep it up. Most vets will check for heartworms every 6 months, regardless of the dog's having/not having treatment for them, so even if something goes amiss there's a good chance you'll catch it before the dog gets VERY ill.
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:11 PM
 
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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Thanks for the validation of giving HeartGuard. They got theirs this morning, so they're good to go. Now, another question. Are fleas or ticks an issue here? In the mountains of Colorado, we have deer ticks and Lyme disease, so the dogs get the Lyme vaccine and we have Advantix on hand. They're 90% indoor dogs, but we do take them for daily walks on leash, so they can still be bitten by critters, and they do their duty outside.

And my vet mentioned something about poisonous toads????? What are those?

TIA for all the information!
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:26 AM
 
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I can't say about the fleas and ticks in AZ since I don't live there yet (sadly ... ). I can say, though, that growing up in southern CA, I never got a single tick. I've gotten countless ticks since moving to the East coast (even in NY), so... I image fleas might be a problem there, though. It just seems like a flea-ey place.
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