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post #16 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-23-2008, 11:05 PM
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Where I live, heartgard (ivermectin) is less than $5 per dose. That's $5 a month that can save your dog. If you buy the 12 dose pack you can get $5 back with this rebate coupon: http://heartgard.us.merial.com/downl...oupon_page.pdf .

Here you can get it for $40 for 12 doses. That's about $3.33 a dose! It's really worth it and super easy to give. The dogs gobble it up!


Not only does this medicine protect against heartworm, but heartgard plus also protects against a couple types of worms. There are other types of heartworm preventative, but this one is what my vet recommended. If you aren't using a preventative, ask your vet for one! I'm sure others are similarly priced.


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post #17 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-19-2008, 02:22 PM
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I am so glad I read this article. I had completely slacked off. I will get my dog his medicine ASAP.
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post #18 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-31-2010, 11:31 AM
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both my dogs Mufasa a chow/lab and yazzei a Husky/shepherd mix (we think) have heart worms and are being treated. they are getting better and im keeping faith that they will get better and live out there older years happy and healthy!
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post #19 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-10-2010, 01:44 PM
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Heartworm is very, very bad news. Our Alaskan Husky, Katya, was a rescue—she was found running wild, had to be trapped to get her in, and when we first got her she had a number of health issues, the foremost being that she was rotten with worms. It was sad—she didn't have the wind or the endurance you'd expect in a Husky, we had to treat her like an invalid.

You know what they say about an ounce of prevention vs. a pound of cure? It took months of regular treatment to finally clear her up, and thank goodness she didn't suffer any permanent cardiovascular damage—all for the want of a regular $5 dose of prevention.
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post #20 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-16-2010, 01:58 PM
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I have never herd off this! Thanks for the info!!
Will cover pooch with a Mosquitoe net!! lol
Thanks again! xx
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post #21 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 07:11 PM
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Heartworms are terrible. Just recently I found that my dog has heartworms and hookworms. - we just gave her heartgard for the first time to get rid of the microfilariae and the l3 and the l4 larvae, then we will get her bloodwork and x-rays done to figure what class she's at to determine what kind of of deworming shots to give her. Its gonna' be a long and expensive journey...

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post #22 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 06:21 AM
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What are the signs and symptoms when your dog is infected with heart worms? That's very alarming because our place is full of mosquitoes. Don't human get heart worms also?

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post #23 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 02:44 PM
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Well, when your dog first gets heartworms you can never tell, the dog can, but you can't. Eventually the heartworms will get to a stage where they cause the dog to cough. The small cough every now and then will turn into a cough often, soon, the dog will have productive coughs... The heartworms will then reach the heart, lungs, etc. causing your dog to live in pain and eventually death. That's why you get your dog checked for heartworms every 6 months to a year. You give your dog heartworm preventives monthly only if your dog is free from heartworms.

Humans do not get heartworms, but they can get ringworms, hookworms, etc. You would be able to tell immediately if you had them, after you got them, but it is rare for humans to get them, even though it does happen.
Those worms are parasites and are much easier and less expensive to treat then heartworms.
My dog also had hookworms, but we gave her a panacure and she was free of them with in a month. It cost about 50 dollars to treat parasites, and about 900 - 1200 or so to treat heartworms depending on the stage of the heartworms.
See the difference?

It cost me almost 900 dollars to treat Joy for heartworms. She was at the beginning stage of class two...

Oh yeah!! Joy is now finished with her treatment and will be checked in Sept for heartworms. Sept will give the heartworms plenty of time to weaken and die. Today she can be hyper as we have had to keep her calm through the treatment process. Until we will just give her heartgard!

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post #24 of 37 (permalink) Old 04-14-2011, 03:28 PM
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I think one of the problems contributing to this is the rip off of the consumer by the drug companies. You can buy enough Ivermectin over the counter (labeled for cattle) for 30 bucks. There is enough of the drug in the bottle for an average dogs lifetime. So why is it that a pill is so much more expensive, sure it cost more to package, but not 150 times more.
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post #25 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-19-2011, 09:29 PM
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My apologies for posting on an old thread but as it is a sticky I guess it can't hurt

I just want to say I am in the process of adopting a rat terrier who has heartworms. Thankfully the shelter will pay for the treatment but I am actually going to try to raise funds for them and volunteer because I think it is wonderful that they are doing that.

It saddens me to see an animal go through such pain, especially when it was preventable. Then knowing that most dogs in a shelter who have heartworm are passed over because of price/hassle/fear of losing the dog right after. It's just heart breaking.
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post #26 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 02:02 PM
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This is really interesting I would like to get mor information on this disease and the possible ways to cure it. Thank for the Information.
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post #27 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 05:15 PM
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I'm not sure if anyone heard but a couple of years ago, there was a pitbull treated with Viagra. Interestingly enough, it worked. I guess Viagra is being used for all sorts of heart problems in dogs.

This is the only article I have found on heartworm specifically. Maybe with a little digging I can actually find the news broadcast.

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post #28 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-06-2011, 02:13 AM
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So glad this post is here and sticky!
I rescued my dog, Passion, from a kill shelter in Illinois. After I adopted her, I took her to the vet and found out she had heartworms. She was a stray, and obviously wasn't well taken care of. It was in the relatively advanced stages, the vet gave her about a 50% chance of making it through treatment ok. It's been forever, I can't remember was stage it was. Her symptoms at the time were very low energy/stamina and she would start coughing after only a few minutes of playtime. Treatment started with the heartworm pill, then steroids, and then the first injection (can't remember the name but I know it's arsenic-based). A very painful injection. It took her a day or two to not limp around. But then it was about a month of crate rest. Only out of the crate to go outside on a leash and then right back inside. Then the 2nd & 3rd injections within 24 hours of each other. Another month of crate rest. She got through the treatment like a rockstar, love that dog! That was back in 2005. She's very healthy today and has some lung scarring, but a much happier pup!

I can't stress the IMPORTANCE of protecting your pet year-round and yearly testing. Some people decide not to give protection during cold, winter months. I disagree with this. It takes ONE bite from ONE mosquito to cause months and months of painful treatments and possible death.
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post #29 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 08:04 PM
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I agree, Heartworm disease is something that is very important to prevent. People might not think that heart worms can be in their area, well they are wrong! Mosquito populations and the prevalence of mosquitoes infected with heartworm are be coming more and more prevalent.

Prevention for Heartworm is easy too! Just a once a month pill/chew/topical can do it and many of these medications include protection against other parasites such as roundworms.

Treatment for Heartworm can be very dangerous and cost is extremely high, and it is only available for dogs. So prevention is the way to go!

If you want more information go check out the American heartworm society's website: heartwormsociety.org

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post #30 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-28-2011, 12:44 AM
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Easiest darn thing to do to ensure your pet's health.

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