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Old 04-09-2016, 03:06 AM
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Default SAFE heartworm preventative.

I live in an area where heartworm is almost unheard of but for some reason I got a bee in my bonnet over it and I feel like I should get my dogs on a preventative.

However. Douglas is the reason they take no chemicals. He is sensitive and fragile- he has epilepsy and is generally sort of frail. My other two are healthy.

Here's the kicker. I won't use spot on stuff. It has to have low to no side effects (or it could kill Douglas).

Does something like that exist? I use all natural oils to prevent fleas.
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:00 PM
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I have no idea as I also refuse yo use it. I had a Dachsund die from a heart attack from heartworm preventative back in the 90's. Never again!

I am also on the "natural" side of things and don't do all of those routine things. I will be watching this to see what natural options people come up with.
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I, also, do not use heart worm preventive. I have them tested every 9 months-a year, so that IF they came up positive, they wouldn't be full of worms. Also my chi's don't go out much. I have a double exercise pen that they go out in when it is warm for a hour or two. I have to be outside with them, 'cause we've got hawks and coyote's around. My vet does not approve, but when I ask them how many positives they have, and if those are 'outside' dogs, she doesn't answer!
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I had a labrador for 12 years who never got heartworms and never took preventatives. She died of a cancerous tumor.
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I just found a very useful heartworm incidence map that allows you to look up your area's heartworm risk according to zip code. Apparently, I am in a low risk area. I'm pretty sure I'm in the 0-1 cases area. Still, I'm not sure if I want to risk that my dog gets heartworm despite this. Maybe I have just been scared by all the vets, however, into giving my dogs pesticides.


https://www.petcarerx.com/heartwormmap#result

This is also a good article.

Heartworm Cases Reported in Every State!
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Great info.

I am also in a low risk area. I knew that but I guess I am paranoid.
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Have you found anything yet? Do you have the book "From Needles to Natural" by Judy Morgan D.V.M. I really learned a lot from it., enjoyable stories intertwined, too She has a website.
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No not yet.
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