Feb 27, 2002, 3:30 AM
Post #4 of 10
Re: [Derrickok] Cacing jantung dalam anjing.
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As mentioned in Part.1, if your animal is tested positive, let the vet advises you what treatment to pursue and let him take over the management of your pet.
We now come to preventive measures that are more beneficial than cure.
There are three tested and proven cost effective methods in the administration of heartworms medicines.
(1) You follow the instructions printed on the box to the dot and this will make the manufacturer happy and laughing to the bank.
(2) You do it the sensible way and make sure that you are not being taken for a ride by fear and intimidation by either the manufacturer or your veterinary surgeon
(3) You could push your luck/stretch your luck until it is like a rubber band just before the snapping point.
Heartworm medicines come in tablets or chewable forms and at least three brands are available in the market only through veterinary clinics.
They are divided into three strengths; namely small dogs weighing less than 30lbs, medium size dogs up to 50lbs and large dogs weighing between 80-100lbs. The price difference between small dogs to large dogs is about RM15.00 to RM20.00
If you were to follow (1), you will select the correct strength for your pet and start it on the preventive treatment as early as 6 months old at 30 days intervals for the rest of its life span. Assuming that your dog hypothetically speaking has a life-span of 11 years old, you would have spent RM1365.00 on heartworm medicine for a small breed, and up to RM1995.00 for a large breed. Anyone interested in these figures could e-mail me for a breakdown.
If you do it the sensible way, your cost could be reduced by about 15% to 25%. The sensible way is not to start your pet at 6 months old. Because your location may not have a carrier that transmit heartworm microfilariae.
But instead, have a blood test at 8 months old. If it is negative, then your animal is safe and sound. Test again at 6 to 8 months interval and if the results are still negative, you can then start the preventive treatment at your own leisure.
The push your luck way is only for those who are adventurous dare to take calculated risks, and fight against all odds and prove critics wrong. In the end, either you are a hero or zero. So far I have been victorious in all battles against canine matters and management. I am not talking about one or just a couple of years, I am referring to decades of years. It is hoped that one day someone from this forum will pick my brain and transfer whatever I knew to help other members.
I have Dalmatians ranging from 68lbs to 30 lbs. I am using ‘Heartguard’.
I am only buying the strength meant for large dogs. Those that are 60lb+ will get one chewable block and those weighing 30lb or less will get either 2/3, ½ or 1/3 block depending on their weight. I do not administer the Heartguard every 30 days, instead they were given every 55 days. This has been going on routinely for the past 6 years and the last blood test results on two of the oldest animals, which was conducted three weeks ago was negative. My cost for preventive treatment for 8 Dalmatians is about RM65.00/dog per year and if any of them is still alive at 11 years old, it would have cost me a total of RM715.00 only as compared to RM1995.00
Well, this is ‘My Way’ as the late Frankie Sinatra used as his signature tune on some of his TV programs; not bad for a Pop singer who could croon for 40 year+ and still be remembered eh?