I'm not one to give my pets all sorts of meds.... but, if you've ever seen a dog die from heartworm or actually seen what these critters look like, you'd err on the side of caution. I'm in NY and we've gone to year round. While true that the mosquitoes carrying the larvae don't fly up here from warmer climates, dogs& cats come all the time. A NY mosquito bites a Florida infected dog & then bites a NY dog--you've got a chance. And these days, folks travel all the time & everywhere with their pets. Now there are places where the climate basically prevents larvae from forming... but for most of the country, there are at least times of the year when mosquitoes live that any cat or dog is at risk. But there are choices for HW meds... Certain breeds should never take Heartgard (Ivermectin), for example. Thing is that HW is a silent killer. By the time the animal shows symptoms, the disease is well advanced. And the treatment is fraught with risk and a real strain on the animal's system. There are some newer protocols to reduce risk--Dr. at U of FL has done major studies which are published. Sadly, there is no treatment for cats.
-----Original Message----- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Natalie Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:53 AM To: email@example.com Subject: [Felvtalk] Heartworm drugs Heartworm drugs for pets; Big Pharma's cash cow - In a seemingly diabolical plot, veterinarians and pharmaceutical companies have teamed up in a marketing campaign to frighten pet guardians into giving year-round heartworm preventatives to their cats, as well as dogs. These so-called experts say they're doing this to improve protection for individual pets, but the facts say their motives may be less pure. o <http://www.naturalnews.com/033060_heartworm_drugs_pet_health.html#ixzz1SeoF YKZ8> http://www.naturalnews.com/033060_heartworm_drugs_pet_health.html#ixzz1SeoFY KZ8 We had a discussion about Revolution a while back - here is a great article on all wormers, and about Revolution, which is technically: Selamectin is also used to treat ear mites and some intestinal worms; adverse reactions include hair loss at the site of application, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle tremors, anorexia, lethargy, salivation, rapid breathing, and contact allergy. And how veterinarians are handing out these products like candy, etc. Important "read"! _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org