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Old 06-14-2012, 12:56 AM   #1
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heartworms becoming immune

Took the boys to the Vet today for their yearly, while waiting I was talking to a local duck hunter and asked him what he was doing there? His answer was heartworms, I was shocked as I knew he takes very good care of his dogs. We both have our dogs on heartguard plus. I had both my dogs tested and both are positive for heartworms. Vet told me there has been a rash of cases lately even one of his dogs has them!!! Since they show no outward symptoms we decided to go with the "soft kill" program of doxycycline. 4 pills twice daily for one month then no pills for 2 months for two years!! So please get your dogs tested even if on a preventive program!! $15 could save your dogs life.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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How often is the test? My dog tested negative in March so is once a year the recommendation or is your vet saying more often now?
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:15 PM   #3
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Had one dog tested in Feb and was negative. He didn't say how often to test because they already tested positive. We live in a high prone area so knowing what I know now I would test every 3 months. And since being treated he wants to test again in 6 months. My vet has a walk in clinic every day its $17 for wellness check and heartworms test is $15 pretty cheap and simple, take a lil blood and 5 min til results. If you live in a high prone area ( in the south or midwest, near rivers lakes etc... they are carried by mosquitos) I'd call your vet and ask what they recommend. They have had so many cases I got the last 2 bottles of meds.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
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Good information cootr. I think I'll bring him in before we go camping next week.
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My Vet's Response:

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This would be news to me. A veterinarian that works for the company that manufactures HG Plus recently gave our office staff a presentation - there was no mention of resistance. And the (Veterinary) Heartworm Society has not made mention/emailed me about any resistance. And that organization is really on top of their preventatives. I wonder about the validity of this posting? I also wonder where the HG Plus was obtained (reputable pharmacy or uncertain online?) I know there is a mention of a vet in the posting that I was sent - but I am having trouble believing this posting is real/valid.

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On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM, Louis Amadio Sr <herk7769@gmail.com> wrote:
http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f90/heartworms-becoming-immune-24768
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Have you folks heard of this?

Bella is on once a month Frontline and Interceptor (but switching this month
to Heartguard Plus due to availability at McGuire AFB Vet).
Is this enough and how often should she be checked?
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:19 PM   #7
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This one is more informative. I'm not going on a holy roller campaign saying that meds don't work anymore and not saying anyone is accusing that. I just want people to be aware of mine and others situations for the well being of their pets. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sourc...louo1sffCQxmJA. sorry can't seem to clean up the links.
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I have had a dog get heartworm while being on heart guard. (Which came from the vet) I don't think the worms building up resistance has everything to do with it, but viruses seem to have a canning ability to adapt and overcome, so it wouldn't surprise me if they are building up a resistance to the medication. Heart guard is a preventative medication. To me that means it will help prevent the worms, not a guarantee that they will never get them. A veterinarian from heart guard saying your dog will not get worms while on their product would be like my doctor saying I will never have a heart attack if I take one aspirin a day.
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We have a yellow lab that we give Ivomec to once a month. It is much cheaper than HG. I know lots of people that use this and have had great luck with it. My lab is 11 years old and sleeps in an outside kennel.
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We Snowbird, so this is way more than a passing interest.
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