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Old 03-18-2010, 06:45 PM
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The vet recommended Interceptor for Bella..I was curious what you gave your babies?
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We use Heartgard Plus, just because that's what our vet supplies. But I've heard Interceptor is good. I think a lot of people perfer that one if that have tiny dogs because Heartgard's smallest pill is "up to 25 pounds".
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We use Heartgard Plus, just because that's what our vet supplies. But I've heard Interceptor is good. I think a lot of people perfer that one if that have tiny dogs because Heartgard's smallest pill is "up to 25 pounds".
That is what my vet said. He said that in since she is just over 2 lbs, he wants her on Interceptor because they have the brown kind whici is 2-10 lbs. I was just curious! Haha
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I use heartgard plus...I guess in some of the eastern states it is not as effective but in CO it works just fine. Although I like that interceptor has one for dogs up to 10 lbs, mine are on the one for dogs up to 25 lbs and I mean, its poison they are being given,...that makes me nervous!
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I use heartgard plus...I guess in some of the eastern states it is not as effective but in CO it works just fine. Although I like that interceptor has one for dogs up to 10 lbs, mine are on the one for dogs up to 25 lbs and I mean, its poison they are being given,...that makes me nervous!
Exactly! That's why I was asking..It makes me a little paranoid! Especially with their size!
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We use Heartguard Plus and have used it for many years.
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Interceptor 2 to 10 lbs. for all 4 of mine.



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This is another area that is getting a good, hard second look by dog experts. Many people feel that it is unnecessary to give an insecticide (poison) every month to our dogs in the remote chance that they will get infected with heartworm.

While heartworm does occur, it is usually in immunocompromised pets and outdoor dogs in areas that are highly infected with mosquitos.

For heartworms to develop in the mosquito, the temperature MUST be 57 or above day and night for 30 days. If you live in a hot part of the country, then this is a concern. But many of us don't live in areas where this type of heat occurs on a monthly basis.

Here's a couple websites that explains the heartworm cycle ... and the risks and benefits of monthly treatments.

http://www.blakkatz.com/spellcast/HW.pdf

http://www.thewholedog.org/heartworm.html

It has also been proven that heartworm preventative stays in the system for 45 days, NOT 30 days. So it can safely be given every month and half, not monthly. It is labeled for monthly use because the pharmaceutical and veterinary industries decided that people would probably forget to administer it if it was labeled for 45 day use.

I am NOT saying to NOT give heartworm preventative. It is something you will have to decide for yourself. But with all the studies coming out on the likelihood of it occurring in healthy dogs, it certainly deserves a good hard look and weighing the risks and benefits.
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