heartworm question

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  1. goldiefur

    goldiefur New Member

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    I have a Golden that has never been on a heartworm preventitive and I am going to bring him in next month to gt his thyroid medicine refilled. When I am there I want to ask the vet about this but I am so scared to find out he may have heartworms. He is 3 and only goes out at night to go to the bathroom. Is it possible he could have them? What is is all involved with the testing and what is a good heartworm preventitive? Does he have to get tested before he starts the medicine?
     
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    where do you live? that'll have a big impact on the chances of him having heartworm.

    there are a couple different kinds of tests- some are done right there in the office and take about 10 minutes. others are sent out to the lab and the results come back the next day. he does need to be tested before he's started on the medication (interceptor and heargard are the most common meds but there are others available).

    good luck!
     
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    Where you live certainly (and where he has lived throughout his life) certainly does influence the odds on heartworm.

    Honestly, if it were my dog, I'd be driving him in for the test ASAP. The treatment can be a pain in the neck, but it can be treated - sooner is better. And yes, be sure to test before you give any treatment! If the dog is infected with heartworms and you give the meds to kill them off, you have to manage the dog's activity level very, very carefully. The dead worms can clog blood vessels and cause some serious problems. A friend of mine had to keep her (adopted) 15 month old rottie/coonhound on leash for a long time during treatment; a tough thing to deal with for sure, but he came out of it fine.
     
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    Most definitely have him tested !!! The preventive is much cheaper than the cure . I fostered 2 Goldens during the treatment . Please let us know !!
     
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    I live in Louisiana but my dogs are 100% inside except when they go out to the bathroom.
     
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    Heartworm is ONLY spread through infected mosquitoes.
    So even though your dog doesn't go outside (which it should for walks/bathroom/ and play time) whenever you open a door a mosquito is bound to come inside one time or another.

    Your just rolling the dice having yoru dog unprotected and an infected mosquito comes in a bites your pup.

    Here, we have already had a few Positive results come back and its a LONG and drawn out recovery period(depending on how infested the dog is).

    For a test, we only do it one way and its a simple blood draw from either a leg or the jugular. Fairly painless as well and very very quick. Its sent out to the lab and then we usually get the results back within 24 hours, sometimes less.

    We dont dispense prevenative here unless the dog has HAD a Heartworm test, as some of the prevenative can cause more harm IF the dog is positive.

    My dog Riot, is on year round prevenative. From December to April he is on Interceptor and from May to November he is on Revolution.

    It all depends on what you'd like to protect your dog from as well. Usually if cost is a factor its Interceptor which covers all intestinal parasites(minus tape worm) and including heartworm.

    Definately get your dog checked..

    Its better to be safe then sorry...

    IF, by chance your dog is positive and you keep procrastinating it might be too late to treat. ;)

    Let us know how things go!!
     
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    It only takes one bite at the wrong time from one infected mosquito . I will not take chances !! Have you seen pictures of them wrapped around a dog's heart and into their lungs ??
     
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    I'm going to bring him in soon. How much does the test usually run? Also he had an allergic reaction to cipro (it was really bad swelled up could not breathe) so I am very afraid to put him on anything. He is on soloxine for his thyroid and he has been on frontline plus maybe twice a year because we do not have a flea problem. He has flea allergy so if one gets on him he breaks out. I hate to put that on him but it is so rare that he needs it. I can't even tell you the last time I saw a flea:hail: and I have never seen ticks here. I don't want him to have any reactions to the heartworm medicine I was thinking if he comes back negative I should have him tested again every 6 months and not put him on it opinions?
     
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    Also he does go out to play but not at night I'm usually pretty quick about getting him back in. I just really worry about him having a reaction to the medicine I will pay any amount for the preventative if thats what it comes down to. I'm actually kind of surprised my vet has not mentioned this to me but he seems the type that does not want to push anything on you.
     
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    personally i wouldn't mess around with heartworm, especially where you live. i'd test him, put him on preventative, and keep him on it. heartworm is a big deal to treat. it's not that big a deal to prevent.
     
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    I have had, over the years, some dogs with very bad allergies and systems sensitive to many things. But I would not risk heartworm. I had no problems with my highly-allergic dogs on Heartguard Plus and on Sentinel heartworm preventives. Heartworm tests in my area (Midwest US) are $45, dont know what the normal rate is that is what I pay. I test annually; ordinarily it gets cold enough here and after the second hard freeze I will wait until early spring to go back on preventive, but we have had some flooding this year and the mosquitos are horrible so I have already decided my gang will be on preventive for the next year and a half solid.
     
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    If your that worried about him having a reaction to the medication - then keep him in the vets office AFTER you apply it for at least 30min, let the vet know about your worries - ask them what possible symptoms are...

    I haven't heard of any dogs reacting to heartworm medication. Usually only "herding breeds" have problems with the Ivermectin ingredient thats in HeartGuard - other then that the Selamectin is safe for them though which is found in Revolution.
    Because your dog is a Golden, I wouldn't have much worry about it.

    At my work they charge $44 for a test and then the prevenative has price differences depending on the brand of choice for you.

    We also require testing done once every two years.
     
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    Tests at my vet are $26. I've never had any reactions with my Goldens on K 9 Advantix.
     
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    Thanks he has an appointment set up for his thyroid testing on August 1 so I am going to have him tested then. I did some reading about the medicines and I like the sounds of Interceptor and Revolution but I will leave it up to the vet. I wish I could bring him in sooner but I am low on money now so I will just be worrying for a few weeks.

    Over the years my parents and I have had so many dogs I would not even be able to begin to count them. We also used to breed German Shepherds and they were outside in Kennels and none of our dogs ever had heartworms that we knew of. They lived full healthy lives so I never worried about my dog I just figured it was such a rare thing for a dog to get heartworms but I saw something on TV about it and I did not realize how widespread it was. This is the first dog that I am personally responsible for so I want to do everything to make him happy and healthy.
     
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    I'm glad you are concerned . My x-neighbors had a Husky with heartworm ....because he was dying they never groomed him .... just kept him tied out with food and water . After they left for work I'd give him TLC and try to keep the flies off him . Luckily they moved before I saw any more suffering .
     
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    That is horrible! I can't believe people would do something like that. I love my dog and would do anything for him. Hopefully they burn in hell for what they did I can't stand any type of cruelty to animals.:mad:
     
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    Okay I have an appointment for him Monday for the heartworm test and I am scared to death I am literally sick now that I have done some reading on this. I had no clue it was so easy to catch. He is an inside dog and at night he just goes out for a quick pee. What do you think the chances are that he has it? Do you think it's like a 50/50 chance? Does it sound like he is more likely not to have it? Anyway pray for him and I will update as soon as I know anything.
     
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    Please do !!! My thoughts will be with you !!! Good luck !!
     
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    I'm not trying to jack someone else's thread, but the vet just gave us Heartguard for our 5 month old Border Collie. We had already given him the first month's dose when I read about the possible side effects of ivermectin on herding breeds, something about "hind limb ataxia." Should I switch him to one of the others that don't contain ivermectin?
     
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    Its usually the "collies" breeds who are sensitive to it. Collies, Shelties, and some aussies. I use ivermectin on all of my dogs (ACD's and my mom's golden) Check online to find out if Border collies have the MDR1 test. This is a genetic test to find out if your dog has the gene that causes sensitivity to certain drugs. (Ivermectin/immodium etc)
     

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