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Old 05-08-2009, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Queso's monthly heartworm pill says it's for a 25 pound dog. We usually cut it in half and do one with breakfast and the other half with dinner. But I'm wondering if we can just skip the other half - she's only 6 lbs???

Originally we had tried to give her a whole pill but it made her sick and she threw it up, that is why we do halvsies now.

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Old 05-08-2009, 10:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No you cannot. The medication is not evenly distributed in the tablet. It also voids the guarantee the company provides on the product (if given properly and heartworm tested annually, they pay for treatment if the pet were to test positive). Heartgard chews must be chewed up by the dog. Interceptor pills can be chewed or swallowed whole.
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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don't they have pills for smaller dogs???? that sounds like to many pounds for a small dog of that sort...they say the smaller the dog the more problems you have but i really and not sure about that..That is what my groomer says and vet..

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Old 05-08-2009, 11:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Interceptor/Sentinel has a 1-10# size, Heartgard just has 1-25# and Iverhart Max 6-12#
My vet recommended Interceptor over HG because it covers a wider variety of worms. Personally I'd just change brands.
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Interceptor/Sentinel has a 1-10# size, Heartgard just has 1-25# and Iverhart Max 6-12#
My vet recommended Interceptor over HG because it covers a wider variety of worms. Personally I'd just change brands.[/B]
I agree. We use Interceptor.
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No you cannot. The medication is not evenly distributed in the tablet. It also voids the guarantee the company provides on the product (if given properly and heartworm tested annually, they pay for treatment if the pet were to test positive). Heartgard chews must be chewed up by the dog. Interceptor pills can be chewed or swallowed whole.[/B]

While I often trust Jackie's advice as least as much as many vets I know, I have to say that we were told by our vets in GA and our vets here in MD to cut the pill in half for Cameo as she was only 3 pounds. They also told us here that we could give a larger half to Cadeau.

What Jackie said is also what the vets told me. The company does not gauarntee it if you do not give the whole pill and the medicine may not be properly distrubuted through the pill. However, my vets (and again this is my vets in GA and here in MD) encouraged me to give less of the HeartGuard chew to Cameo especially given her size. The theory being that it may not be equally distributed, but it is highly ulikely that the majority of the medication would all be in just one half of the chew.

Once upon a time we used interceptor with Cameo, but stopped and I know there was a reason, but I no longer recall what it was. I don't know wether to blame my faulty memory on the fact that this is finals week or age.
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't use Heartgard and do not generally recommend it for Maltese. It is contraindicated for dogs with seizures (common in the breed) and liver disease (common in the breed).
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't use Heartgard and do not generally recommend it for Maltese. It is contraindicated for dogs with seizures (common in the breed) and liver disease (common in the breed).[/B]

So what do you use? I was given Heartguard for my Fred. In Louisiana there are too many mosquitos not to use some sort of Hearworm preventive. Thanks
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use Interceptor.
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I use interceptor too
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