Today, I thought I would discuss heartworm medicines. There are a lot of different types of monthly heartworm medicines available for your German Shepherd Dog. Some treat only heartworms and others treat all worms, while others kill fleas, as well as heartworms. The common theme to all these medicines is that they are way overpriced.
If you live in certain areas of the country, you must treat your German Shepherd Dog with a heartworm preventative or they will be infected with heartworms. Heartworms can and will eventually kill your German Shepherd Dog. Even the treatment for heartworms, while very expensive, can and sometimes does result in the death of the dog being treated. Therefore, use a heartworm preventative.
German Shepherd Dogs get heartworms from being bit by infected mosquitoes. Every time an infected mosquito bites your German Shepherd Dog, the mosquito will leave one microfilaria at the bite site. This microfilaria migrates through the bite into your German Shepherd Dog’s circulatory system where it develops into a heartworm. Eventually the heartworm attaches itself to the inside of your German Shepherd Dog’s heart. Most all heartworm preventatives kill the microfilaria before they can become heartworms and attach themselves to the German Shepherd Dog’s heart
We at Keystone German Shepherds use injectable Ivermectin. Note: Noromectin is generic for Ivermectin.
Ivermectin is the active ingredient in Heartgard manufactured by Merial and distributed through your veterinarian or online pet supply store at an average cost of $50.00 to $60.00 for a six month supply for a German Shepherd Dog. The other active ingredient is pyrantel, which is for round and hookworms (stomach worms). I will discuss stomach worms in tomorrows blog.
We purchase the Ivermectin at our feed store and can treat 30 German shepherd Dogs for 12 months at a cost of $33.00.
We cut the Ivermectin with glycol propylene at the ratio of 1:2 Ivermectin to glycol propylene. We then orally dose our German Shepherd Dogs based on weight at a dose of 0.10 cc/20 pounds, using a 1 cc syringe with the needle removed.
Keystone German Shepherds as well as most all kennels have been using Ivermectin in this manner for over 25 years with no occurrence of heartworms.
We also treat our German Shepherd Dogs every month out of the year because even in January in Oklahoma, we can have a bout of warm weather and have mosquitoes become active for a few days.
Certain breeds of dogs cannot tolerate Ivermectin or its generics, therefore, always consult your veterinarian before using any medicine on your German Shepherd Dog.
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