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Old 04-20-2016, 12:39 PM
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No heartworm preventative or vaccines?

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http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com...ouldnt-either/
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:43 PM
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I don't give heartworm meds, just test for it annually. My vet is fine with this and I do minimal vax too, only rabies after the puppy shots.
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:48 PM
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Interesting! I will definitely be bringing this up with my vet. I could see not giving heartworm meds and doing 2 annual checks.

The problem is a lot of places I take my dog (training classes, daycare, boarding) require distemper and bordetella. Perhaps I could talk them into accepting titers.
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:56 PM
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That is part of the reason I don't go to training classes. I don't want to pump my dogs full of crap. I love my vet because she supports that. It is a holistic practice that covers homeopathic and traditional chinese medicine. They also use traditional medicine as needed. Many traditional vets are still recommending yearly boosters and over vaxing along with all the flea/tick/heartworm poisons. I'm not saying they are never needed, but I feel they are over used.
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:08 PM
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No heartworm preventatives or vaccines here. I have an almost-six-year-old dog who has never required a sick visit to the vet in his life. He is a healthy, vital dog who has never had any antibiotics or other medications in his life, no ear infections, UTIs, itching, food intolerances, or other chronic conditions. Never had a flea on him either.

Not vaccinating is certainly something that most people aren't comfortable with, but I have been researching the topic for well over 20 years and am totally comfortable with my position. I also have two completely non-vaccinated teens who are also strong, healthy, well-balanced young people who are rarely sick, and if they are they bounce back within a couple of days. They also have never needed antibiotics.

You are right it will restrict your dog's access to training classes/daycare/boarding, but for me, that is a price I am willing to pay for a healthy vital dog.

Check out Dr Will Falconer's vaccine waivers for groomer's/boarding/daycare etc and for your vet.

Getting a Vaccination Waiver

I hope these links work:

Vaccine Waiver - to be signed by vet for daycare/groomers/trainers etc


Waiver for vet's files

Bracing for the backlash.......
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Where do you live? I live in the Southern U.S. and if I do not give my dog a heartworm preventative it's just about guaranteed that he will get heartworms, it is an epidemic down here. I had to treat a rescue dog for heartworms and she was around 3 years old when I rescued her. I also know more then one dog who has either gotten heartworms, and I've known more then one who has died from it.

The treatment for heartworms is harsh and I expensive, and it can kill a dog.
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Old 04-20-2016, 05:40 PM
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Heartworm, though fairly easy to prevent, is a literal hell to cure once they have it, and not always successful.
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:06 PM
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I live in the Midwest. I haven't heard of many cases of heartworm in this area, but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

Around here, Lyme is prevalent, so I vaccinate for that. The vets also push Lepto, but I have declined so far.
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I'm not going to argue, just say what I have read and have been told. I'm also not going to be scared into poisoning my dogs every month. I also have to add that I have problems explaining myself sometimes, but I'll try the best I can.

If the heartworms are not treated by a certain point then it can be a problem. It takes them time to get to that point so testing yearly or biyearly can detect them while they are in the larval stage. If they are detected while still in that stage they are easy to treat. It isn't real common around here, maybe if I were in the south I'd rethink it, but I'm not. Everyone will do what they feel is best for their dog(s). I've seen what a traditionally raised dog is like, I've seen what a more naturally raised dog is like. I've seen the positive changes in my cat, who was already over five when I switched him to raw and quit putting poisons on him. I've seen the changes in Vegas too, when he was a puppy. Everyone else has been switched as soon as they come into my home. I have a great vet who supports the choices I make with them. A healthy immune system works wonders, sadly my immune system sucks. But I do what I can for my animals.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:16 PM
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I appreciate everyone sharing their viewpoints. I realize this is a sensitive topic, but I hope we can continue to discuss it constructively and not argue with one another.

Remember, we all just want what is best for the dogs
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