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agesilaus

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Posted: 06/23/20 06:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Both of our dogs are on heartworm meds, no surprise given that we are from Florida. But we are on the road now in Colorado and have been advised that local vets council against giving that med up here.

Anyone have some advice for us?


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What was the source of the local vet advice?


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The vets we go to recommend heartworm tablets and we give them to our dog year round. There is some disagreement between different vets as to whether they are needed all year or if they should just be given in the summer. Because of the warming climate, our vet recommends that they take them all year.


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Wonder why? I am from FL also and my pup is on meds 12 months a year. I traveled out west last year and no vet suggested I take him off. Get to back to FL and if they have missed a month, my vet would do a blood test before giving me more.

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Dog importation and changes in heartworm prevalence in Colorado 2013–2017
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Veterinarians in Colorado should no longer base heartworm testing and prevention recommendations on only historic heartworm risks and prevalence. Heartworm prevalence in Colorado rose 67.5% from 2013–2017.


Importation of dogs from heartworm prevalent areas (dogs rescued during hurricane Katrina and adopted in CO) provided a reservoir for the disease that local mosquitoes can then transmit to other dogs.

Keep your dogs on heartworm preventative. Show local vets who question you the linked study and:

2019 Heartworm Incidence Maps

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Even here is relatively dry, darn near mosquito free Nor NV our vet recommends heartworm preventative, especially if we are traveling.

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Our dogs are on them year round.


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Our present boy Auggy hates taking pills or medicine of any kind. Vet suggested a 6 month shot for heartworm.


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The recommendation to only give heartworm medication for summer months is about 40 years out of date. All reputable sources recommend giving heartworm medications all year around in all of the US.

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Our dogs are not on heartworm meds and never have been. They get annual checkups and more if needed, have never had a problem.


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