Put it this way, you are giving your dog Medication in the hopes of preventing a disease. Aside from vitamins I don't know of anyone that takes medication in the hopes of not getting something.Why is it a scam? I still have to get Bea in for the test, but might avoid doing so, if the reasoning is sound. Do you still do the meds?
while i don't disagree with this in theory, the cost of treating a dog for ANYTHING they might get sick with is WAY more than treating a person who contracts a virus or fungus or pest of some sort. anyone who's had to actually treat a pet at the vet's knows this.Put it this way, you are giving your dog Medication in the hopes of preventing a disease. Aside from vitamins I don't know of anyone that takes medication in the hopes of not getting something.
I agree with pretty much everything that link states, I have yet to meet a dog owner who has lost a dog to heartworm. That's in spending 13 years at dog parks and talking with owners, lots of cancer & old age but no heartworm.
Also you can buy vaccines at drug stores and DIY--if you're comfortable with giving injections. However, it this will not go on your dog's official record if you ever need it for any reason, say travelling.If you want to save money at the vets, the next time that you get shots done for your dog. Wait 3 weeks after, then get a Titer test done so you know if the shot took to the dog. It takes 3 weeks for the shot to settle in, then you can get a proper reading of a antibody count. Only get a test done against Parvo and Distemper, you don't need a rabies titer done since the bullshit law says we have to get the Rabies shot done every 3 years.
If the vet try's to charge you $300 , shop around til you find a place that only charges between $70 to $100. Once the test comes back saying the dog is protected, it won't need shots ever again. ( unless you travel over the border) then you have to show proof that the dog is up to date. So it may need shots then since the border doesn't go by a Titer test.
Ditch the multi advantage, it's an over kill for what they MIGHT get. If you're going the pill route then the safest one is Heartgard (against heartworm and fleas) the chemicals only stay in the dogs system for 24 hours ,unlike the other crap that stays in the blood stream for months. To save on pills and to save the dog from taking more than needed ,you can give the dog 1 pill every 45 days instead of every 30. Or even at every 60 days the pills are still 99% effective. So that's only 3 per season, instead of giving it 6.
Heartworm Disease and your Dog - Holistic Veterinary Center, Concord New Hampshire
Keep track of the temperatures on your calendar that'll even save you more.
Heartworm prevention isn't medication, it's a pesticide.(poison to our pets)
This what gets me about vets first they say the dog has to be tested before they could give you the preventatives or the dog could die from the pills if it has heartworm. On the other side if the dogs does test positive for heartworm the pills are the very first thing that they give them to get rid of it. lolthe vet told us that we could give heartworm preventative without having the test done
It's a Shiba Inu puppy.misha looks like/may be this dog i see around... my favourite in the city! what a fox.