Originally Posted by Stewbs
Why is heartworm prevention bad? I am caring for my girlfriend's Mega-Chihuahua (12 lb boy) right now and I was considering putting him on heartguard or similar because I now live in Florida... he used to live in PA where it is not needed.
Background: I am a medical doctor (disclosing bc not trying to ambush anyone)
I hate to say it's bad, but it may not be necessary depending on where you live. I went to a vaccine/heartworm seminar given by a holistic vet and he told us his recommendation for our area, basically to give it from April to October every 45 days. Drug companies push every 30 for more $$$$ and it's easier to remember. Studies have been done to show the 1/2 life and effectiveness of every 45 days.
Being that you like in Florida, may need to give them year round.
Check this link out if you have time, I have this book and it is a really good start into learning about dog food, vaccines, titers, heartworm, ect
Also, I am a pharmacist so I am pro drugs when we and our pets need them.
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