|Barked: Wed Aug 23, '06 2:13pm PST |
|My mom the Registered Veterinary Nurse gives me and my brother something she calls HeartGard once a month. I think that means "tasty beef treat" in human.
Anyway, if you miss one chewy, just make sure your mommy gives you your chewy NEXT month. If you miss TWO chewies, then you have to go to the vet! They have to draw some of your blood to run a Heartworm test. If you're test is negative, then you can continue on your HeartGard but still have to get re-tested in six months (since it takes that long for the babies, which are killed by preventative, to become worms, which are detected by the test).
Also, we live in the Southwest and everyone here used to only give their pups preventative during the Spring and Summer. However, my mom says that with the influx of Katrina Rescue dogs spreading across the country, that we have to start treating year-round since over SIXTY PERCENT of those dogs are heartworm-positive. It only takes ONE mosquito, my doggy friends.
So tell your momma not to give you any more preventative chews until you've had a heartworm test at your vet's office.
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