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Offline Annabelle

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pupppy heartworm?
« on: August 16, 2006, 02:03:24 am »
I'm getting mixed info on what age to start our pup on heartgaurd!  she is 10.5 weeks now.  our vet was saying 4 months???   when I take her outside SKEETERS are everywhere in the grass!  she is on advantix...fle as/ticks/mosquitos...ya know.  BUT, I am not sure it's working???  b/c she spins around and bites her tail and rear hips often.
one other question how many months do pups eat pup feed b/f going up to adult food...this isn't a problem...just curious? :)


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Re: pupppy heartworm?
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2006, 10:59:32 am »
Did the vet give you a reason to wait until 4 months? I know I started Kiah on heartgaurd earlier then that. I would look on the back of the package and it will tell you how old the dog has to be.

Now switching to adult dog food is a tricky question. I know that giant breed dogs like danes, newfies, saints shouldn't be feed puppy food cause they can grow to fast which is bad on their joints. For my pyr I switched at six months. I didn't worry about her growth cause she's hard to keep weight and was in the normal growth rate. I think it also depends on the dog and how they grow.
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Re: pupppy heartworm?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2006, 01:21:38 pm »
I honestly don't remember when I started mine on heartworm meds.  So I can't really help with that.  But for the adult food switch, I think is basically whenever you really feel like it.  For Cinder and Kaila the switch was made when Kaila turned a year old but Shiner has never been on puppy food.  He has been eating the Natural Balance Ultra Premium dry and Merrick wet food with the girls since I got him and before that he was on Purina Lamb and Rice.  I wish now that I had switched Kaila to adult food earlier because it might have avoided her having pano when she was a puppy.
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Re: pupppy heartworm?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2006, 04:01:57 pm »
For large breed dogs, I was told to wait until 18 months old. For giant breed dogs, they said 2 years. That's what I've been going by. And the heartguard, I started at 3 months old I think. Not sure. Whatever it says on the package of Interceptor is when I started it! I agree that you should ask your vet why he advises you wait so long.

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Re: pupppy heartworm?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2006, 04:45:51 pm »
HEARTGARD Plus is highly effective in preventing heartworm disease in dogs and puppies as young as 6 weeks old.

Straight from the manufacturers website.

The mosquitos are really bad here this year also, I would want them on the preventative as soon as possible.

More info:
Ivermectin generally should be avoided in dogs less than 6 weeks of age.
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Re: pupppy heartworm?
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2006, 07:20:41 am »
Be cautious on heartguard...i know great danes anyways are sensitive to that... i was told to give interceptor after 6 months of age... you are putting a pesticde in the dog and they want the immune system to develop first. From what my vet said to me about Jaz
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