Quick Answer: What Happens If You Don’T Give Your Dog Heartworm Medicine?

Will Heartgard kill existing heartworms?

HEARTGARD Plus kills tissue larval stages of heartworms and helps prevent them from developing into adults and causing heartworm disease.

There are treatment options available to kill adult heartworms in dogs that have become infected..

Do I need to give my dog heartworm medicine in the winter?

Use Heartworm Prevention Medication Year-Round Although there are a fewer number of mosquitoes in the winter, there is still a risk that an animal could contract heartworms if the owner stops giving medication during this season.

Are heartworm pills necessary?

Heartworm disease can be prevented in dogs and cats by giving them medication once a month that also controls various internal and external parasites. Heartworm infections are diagnosed in about 250,000 dogs each year. 1 But there is no good reason for dogs to receive preventives all year; it is just not needed.

Can I give my dog heartworm medicine without testing?

The preventatives will not kill adult heartworms, so the only way to be sure your pet is free of heartworm disease is to have the blood test performed.

What are the first signs of heartworms in dogs?

Signs of heartworm disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss. As heartworm disease progresses, pets may develop heart failure and the appearance of a swollen belly due to excess fluid in the abdomen.

Can I give my dog heartworm medicine every other month?

The monthly heartworm preventative we prescribe only lasts in a dog’s or cat’s body for one to two days, not 30 days, due to the lifestyle of the heartworm, it is only necessary for the pet to take the heartworm preventative every 30 days.

What if I miss a month of heartworm medication?

A: Give the dose you missed immediately, then continue giving the medication on the day you’ve always given it. If the missed dose is more than 2 weeks late, your dog should be tested for heartworm again in six months (click here to learn why).

What is the safest heartworm prevention for dogs?

Advantage Multi is a topical medication that protects your pet from more than just heartworms. It also offers protection against fleas, sarcoptic mange mites, hookworms, whipworms and roundworms using the active ingredients imidacloprid and moxidectin. It’s safe for pets 7 weeks or older and 3 pounds or heavier.

How long can a dog go without heartworm pills?

The heartworm lifecycle is 6-8 months to go from mosquito bite to adult heartworms so missing one month should not cause any reactions. Your vet may recommend retesting in 6-8 months to make sure that he is still negative at that time.