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Old 02-12-06, 03:05 AM
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heartgard question

I have some heratgard for dogs 51-100 lbs would it be ok to cut it in half and give half to a dog that is 45 pounds?
 
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Old 02-12-06, 08:18 AM
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No that would not be something you should do. Heart worms are very nasty little things and the medication to prevent them is very carefully dosed. You also do not want to give it to a dog without first having the dog checked and being certain that it does not have heartworms already.

Please take your dog in and get the heartworm screening done, and then get the proper dose from your vet for that specific dog. Only if your vet say it is ok to use half the tablets you have, would I do that.

I had a dog who had heartworm and it was very costly and hard on him, to have him treated and cured. Prevention is still the best medicine when it comes to heartworms.

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Old 02-12-06, 08:18 AM
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Heatrworm is probably the most serious thing a dog can have. Best to check with a Vet on working out a way to cut the doses for a different weight dog. Good luck.
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Old 02-12-06, 02:57 PM
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Ok I forgot to mention

Ok I forgot to mention our dog (Lacy) has been checked already and is on the heartgard for her weight but we got some from my uncle for his dog and it goes to 100 lbs.
I will ask the vet because it makes more sense and can save some money if I could half the dose.
I would never jepordize the health of my Lacy or dog she is part of or family.
 
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Old 02-18-06, 04:09 PM
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As a side note, on a recommendation from my vet I switched my dogs from Heartguard to Interceptor. One of my dogs ended up with certain type of worm that Heartguard didn't prevent (can't remember what kind it was). Supposedly Interceptor kills it. So we switched and have not had a problem since.
 
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Old 02-28-06, 10:07 PM
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Could it possibly have been whipworm? I had a horrible experience with this just recently with my dog. I had missed some heartworm dosages over the summer (my Mother passed & I spent quite a bit of time out of state with her estate)..the vet told me my heartguard would not have killed them, but it would have prevented my dog from getting them in the first place. I will never EVER forget that medication again!
 
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Old 03-03-06, 12:07 PM
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Yes - it was whipworm! My Golden had serious intestinal problems cause of them. He still has a sensitive stomach to this day so I wonder if he has some permanent damage. It's kind of hard to say for sure since he got the worms when he was about a year old. The poor little guy burps so much sometimes I have to give him a Pepcid!

My vet said the same - Heartguard does not prevent that type of worm. I'd recommend Interceptor to all pet owners as that brand does prevent whipworms.
 
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Old 03-05-06, 01:13 PM
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I was told not to cut the pills and give them that way. this in part because yes the medicine is mixed in but you have no idea if it is all in one half or the other half or if there is equal amounts in each half.

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Old 03-05-06, 03:16 PM
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Ok good points

Ok just checking because we do it with people pills so I figured dog pills would be ok also.
 
 

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