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Ask the Vet About Heartworms in Dogs and Cats

Heartworms
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Ask the Vet About Heartworms in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Apr 19, 2017
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Should I continue my dog on treatment?

Question:Hi doctor, My dog is about 2 years old, 20 lbs. February 2017 was the last time she had a dose of her heart worm preventative. It's now April and I was wondering if it would be worth it to continue treatment. She has shown no signs of having the disease and is not an outside dog. People have told me to contact our vet and take her in, but I don't want to pay hundred dollars for them to tell me yes or no. If it makes any difference, I live in the south where it is almost always hot and humid.

Answer:It kind of depends on the type of Heartworm preventative you are using, so you probably should call your veterinarian to just ask them. Most preventatives (like HEartguard) you will just want to start back on right away because they wont test positive for a few months anyway.

Date: Apr 17, 2017
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Better flavor chewable "beef" for Teddy

Question:Heart guard is not what my dog Teddy likes for heartworm medicine. He will not take those round shape tan pills at all. I have busted them up and put them in Pill pockets but he still sniffed them out. We had I think Bravantic? before which was a beef stick about an inch long he loved those, do y'all carry those or do you have any other thoughts or ideas? Thanks Mark Patrick

Answer:The round shaped pills are Heartguard's unflavored tablets, so it's not surprising he doesn't like those. You are kind of describing Heartguard chewables, which are about an inch long rectangular beefy chew. The pills are made smaller so you can wrap them in something like a pill pocket, but if he's not falling for that, you may want to go back to the chewable. "Bravantic" doesn't exist (that I know of) - there is Bravecto, which is only for fleas and ticks and Advantix which is only fleas and ticks.

Date: Apr 14, 2017
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartworm Prevention Medicine

Question:Is there any heartworm prevention medicine that doesn't require a prescription? My 4 lb yorkie uses revolution but the hassle of getting vet approved refills is making me look for OTC options.

Answer:Not that I know of. Sorry!

Date: Mar 25, 2017
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Can't get to a vet

Question:What do I do if my dog have all the symptoms of having heartworms, but I can't get to a vet? Is there anything I can do to help my dog?

Answer:There isn't really anything that can help that is over-the-counter. Start with just the test to be sure because many things can cause a dog to cough and lose weight (I'm guessing here because those are some common symptoms of HWD). The veterinarian that tests your dog can go over options and costs at that point with you. There are some less expensive things that aren't as ideal but that can really help.

Date: Mar 22, 2017
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: ivermectin ingredient

Question:my dogs are Blue Heelers, are they sensitive to the ivermectin medicine in Heartgard and tri-heart plus medicines? if so, which heartworm med would be ideal for the to take?

Answer:The amount of ivermectin in Heartguard and Tri-Heart is not supposed to be a problem but there are MANY other choices for heartworm preventative that don't contain ivermectin (Interceptor, Trifexis, Advantage-multi, revolution, sentinel to name a few).

Date: Mar 9, 2017
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heartworm, roundworm, hookworms

Question:Trying to find good inexpensive heartworm , and hookworms, and roundworm medicine

Answer:Heartguard Plus is pretty cheap and gets all of those - then Tri-Heart Plus is it's generic, so it's even cheaper.

Date: Mar 7, 2017
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: HEartworm preventative

Question:I need to know what kind of heartworm preventative to put my border collie puppy on she is 12 weeks old I used to use heart guard until it killed one of the dogs I got from the shelter that was part border collie I now understand thar some herding dogs can have a reaction to ivermectin. I think all the heartworm preventative medicines have ivermectin in them?

Answer:There are many heartworm preventatives out now and most actually don't contain ivermectin. They are (and I'll probably forget some so ask the veterinarian that prescribes it for your dog to be sure): Trifexis, revolution, sentinel, advantage multi, interceptor, etc.

Date: Jan 6, 2017
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Allergic reaction to shots

Question:Hello, I picked up my dog from the vet the other day. She was a stray and discovered a few months back she had heartworms. Shes been treated and recieved all of her shots. 2 days ago she recieved her last two shots (24hrs apart). Shes been urinating alot as usual from the treatment. Today she has a full body rash. Can I treat with benadryl? All our vets our closed due to being snowed in so I am unable to get her vet on the phone. I dont see any abnormal swelling other than the inflamation usual caused by a rash.

Answer:Benadryl is usually not a problem at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily. See vet if signs persist or worsen

Date: Dec 24, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: In Frequent Urination Due To Drinking Very Little Water.

Question:Dr., Our 30 Pound, Two Year Old Retriever Mix Was Diagnosed With Heart Worms A Month Ago. She Has Been On Preventitive Meds Since We Adopted Her, Which Was A Year Ago. "sassy" Has Had Her First Round Of Medication Three Weeks Ago And Given A Sedative, Acepromazine 10 Mg, 1/2 Tablet Every 12 Hours. Her Drinking And Urnitation Habits Have Changed To Maybe 4 Or 5 Times In A 24 Hour Period. She Is Eating And Pooping, But Not Much Peeing. Should I Contact Her Vet?

Answer:Probably Best To Take Her Back To Vet Who Knows Her Best And Have Recheck Exam And Possibly Cbc/chemistry Blood Work And Urine Analysis To Make Sure No Infections Or Other Issues Causing The Change In Urination, Which May Or May Not Be Related To The Heartworm Infections Or Treatment

Date: Nov 26, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Amount To Give

Question:I Have A Great Dame Weighing 135 Lbs. I Bought Invermectin Tri Heart Plus 50-100 Lbs. For Dosage Can I Give 1 And A Half Tablets?

Answer:I Dont Think That Would Be A Problem To Give The 1.5 Tablets

Date: Nov 10, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Comparing Dog Heartworm Med

Question:Is Trifexis Recommend As Being Better Than Revolution? If So, Why? I Hear From Friends That Some Vets Do Not Stand Behind Or Sell Revolution Heartworm Meds For Dogs...your Opinion?

Answer:This Is Opinion Based On Vet's Experiences. In My Opinion, I Have Found Revolution Very Effective With Less Digestive Side Effects, Etc Than Trifexis In My Experience And Opinion

Date: Nov 10, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Comparing Dog Heartworm Med

Question:Is Trifexis Recommend As Being Better Than Revolution? If So, Why? I Hear From Friends That Some Vets Do Not Stand Behind Or Sell Revolution Heartworm Meds For Dogs...your Opinion?

Answer:Answered Previously

Date: Nov 9, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Wormers

Question:What Kind Of Symptoms Would A Cat Have If She Was Given To Much Over The Counter Dewormer

Answer:Most Likely Diarrhea And/or Vomiting, But Usually Short Lived

Date: Nov 7, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Inside Animal

Question:My Cat Lives Inside 100% Of The Time. would She Still Need Heart Worm Meds?

Answer:I Personally Dont Recommend Monthly Heartworm Meds In Indoor Only Cats, As It Is Rare For Cats To Develop Clinical Signs From Heartworms, Even In Pets That Go Outside.

Date: Nov 4, 2016
Category: Heartworm Disease
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kidney Disease

Question:Should Monthly Flea And Heart Worm Meds Be Discontinued After Diagnosis Of Kidney Disease?

Answer:That Decision Depends On Individualized Constitutional History Of The Pet, Age, As Well As Sensitivities, Etc. Speak With Your Local Vet On This. I Tend To Be More Conservative If Pet Has Chronic Kidney Disease, When Considering Pesticide Use.


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