Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI
This is like some vaccinations and children. Everyone has their own thought process for their Pup family.
Originally Posted by zeusywoo
Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. In warm states it is an issue 12/365. North, you have to look at your region. When is the last time you were bit by a mosquitoes? When was the last time you saw mosquitoes in your area?
Heartworm meds are orally ingested pesticides. One of the major heartworm meds got pulled off the market and is trying to make a slow comeback. Some of the meds are a multi-pesticide cocktail, several pesticides ingested all at once to kill many types of potential nuances (fleas) or life threatening larva (heart worm). Some vets suggest giving year round others favor giving the pets a break during cold months.
Fleas I look at multiple ways. If a dog has fleas you can knock them down with a topical droplet and they are dead in 24 hours or less and the the droplet last a month to 3 months and you can give them baths inbetween. Or you can have the Pup ingest the pesticide in pill form or some injected. While I am not a fan of any pesticides I go with topical over ingesting them. On Walter, now 8 years old, I have put Frontline on him once, late this summer when I saw two fleas. I never applied again cause I never saw a flea again. Aside from having mice or wild rodents in your home, there is little chance of pups getting fleas in the North during the the cold months. They even die on wild life outdoors. Basically when you stop seeing crawling and flying bugs outdoors the threat is gone. That rule of thumb is the same for heartworm/mosquitoes.
Heartworm I play Russian roulette. I have not given heartworm prevention to any of my last 3 dogs. It is a gamble. A personal choice. There are many possible side affects to some of these pesticides from auto immune diseases and disorders to cancer possibilities.The one Pup I did give it to for half her life I only gave it to her during the mosquito months. At times I want to scream when one of my customers will only feed their pets a Blue food but then doses them with several pesticides each month.
Many vets have turned into big businesses. So many now push all these dental cleanings, endless vaccinations annually. I understand some dentals when really warranted but I've never had to have a dental cleaning for any of my dogs. Rawhide cleans their gums and teeth as does the hard kibble. Knocking them out is a risk just like for humans. By law I have to give Walt a rabies shot each year so I do. Research suggests one in their lifetime would do it. Rabies is almost non existent these days yet the law remains unchanged. Bordetella is another one. Doc's tend to give it to animals even if they are not going to be boarded annually. Where humans get vaccinated once or twice in a lifetime for the human version whopping cough, Pups annually. Lyme vaccine none of my animals ever got because the FDA has not found one safe for humans so I won't give it to my Pup. I've only vaccinated my Pup once for most diseases and never all at the same time. Others every three years (I don't board Walt) and unfortunately rabies annually, no choice.
The best advice I can give other than to go topical when you can over oral (we spray ourselves with Off we don't eat the stuff) is to research the vaccines or pill you are being sold. Weigh the pro's and con's then decide which works best for your Pups. When reading the research avoid the pharmaceutical companies endorsing their own drugs or vets gloom and doom. Look for research independently done. Data of percentage of bugs that are carriers of heart worm or lyme. Fact for fleas living in frozen ground during winter or mosquito seasons in your region. Then decide.
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