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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: heartworms Reply with quote

Can dogs get heartwoms from eating mosquitoes? ?
I think I'm getting bad info...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eating? No, its transmitted by mosquitoes when they bite
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what I think. Google research confirmed.
I'm switching vets. The new one requires to test for them every year (30$)even though dogs have been on preventative meds.
  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blackdiamond wrote:
That's what I think. Google research confirmed.
I'm switching vets. The new one requires to test for them every year (30$)even though dogs have been on preventative meds.


Yea mine does to. I think of it as insurance just in case the meds lapse or dont do their job.
  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They said the meds only protect from bites not eating fleas.i said they don't get it from fleas they changed to mosquitoes...this was from the reseptionist not the doc..  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They said the meds only protect from bites not eating fleas.i said they don't get it from fleas they changed to mosquitoes...this was from the reseptionist not the doc..


sounds like they are out to sell you something. triheart pill once a month and a bravecto pill once every 6 months is what I use to keep him covered from everything.
  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dixie get tested once a year for Heart Worms and Parasites. This is done with her annual checkup. She get Heart Guard one a month that I get from https://www.petbucket.com/c/4521471/1/dogs.html
She also wears a Seresto collar for Fleas and Ticks. Change it every 8 months, I get that from Chewy.com
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heartworms come from mosquitos feeding on your dog. Tapeworms come from your dog eating fleas. Every decent vet out there requires an annual heartworm test even if your dog has been on preventative. Preventative isn't 100% effective. If your dog has heartworms, isn't checked, and gets some forms of preventative they could have a severe reaction. Trust me when I say vets are NOT requiring tests to make money. They are doing it do keep your dog safe.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What Chumbucket said. Most HW preventions on the market are very effective if administered monthly, but aren't foolproof (a dog could throw up the pill and you may not notice). They are transmitted from an infected dog to either the same dog or to another dog in order to complete their life cycle. The immature heartworm larva must be ingested by a mosquito in order for it to start to grow to infect another dog when that mosquito feeds again. A misconception about monthly HW pills is that they protect throughout the month. This is not the case. They are effective for only the 1-2 days when you administer them to clear any accumulated heartworm larva since the previous pill (up to 4-6 weeks). If you are late on the next administration, the larval heartworm may grow to a size that the pill can no longer stop and your dog winds up with adult heartworms in its heart. The pills are not effective against the adults. All the heartworm preventatives (there is a 6 month shot and a monthly topical as well) are guaranteed by the manufacturers. If you have annual heartworm tests and no lapse in purchase from an "authorized retailer", and your pet tests positive for heartworms, they will pay for the entire heartworm treatment. In addition, most HW tests on the market now screen for a variety of tick-borne diseases as well. It takes 6 months for a heartworm larva to grow to an adult and the test only detects the adults. Therefore, if you have missed prevention, you need two tests at least 6 months apart to confirm that your dog does not have heartworms from the period of missed prevention. The incidence of heartworm infection in dogs not on HW prevention in our area (SE NC) is nearly 50%.

Good info here:

https://www.heartwormsociety.org/
https://www.heartwormsociety.org/veterinary-resources/incidence-maps
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wildlifer wrote:
blackdiamond wrote:
They said the meds only protect from bites not eating fleas.i said they don't get it from fleas they changed to mosquitoes...this was from the reseptionist not the doc..


sounds like they are out to sell you something. triheart pill once a month and a bravecto pill once every 6 months is what I use to keep him covered from everything.


Bravecto only lasts 3 months for flea/ticks and is an excellent flea/tick prevention.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Doc and all for the info.....  
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rdnkvet wrote:
Wildlifer wrote:
blackdiamond wrote:
They said the meds only protect from bites not eating fleas.i said they don't get it from fleas they changed to mosquitoes...this was from the reseptionist not the doc..


sounds like they are out to sell you something. triheart pill once a month and a bravecto pill once every 6 months is what I use to keep him covered from everything.


Bravecto only lasts 3 months for flea/ticks and is an excellent flea/tick prevention.


You're right, got it confused with his proheart shot he use to get.
  
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Bravecto and ivamectin on my Lab best money you can spend
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's well worth the annual heartworm check and using the monthly preventative. If your dog gets heartworm the treatment is REALLY tough on the dog. They essentially have to poison your dog to kill the heartworms and it isn't an exact science. Different dogs react differently, age plays a role, etc. The dog truly suffers through the process and if aged, may not make it.
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