Dog Heartworm Pills Des Moines IA

If you live in colder and more arid climates (like Colorado and New Mexico), you have a significantly lower risk and may decide preventative drugs are more trouble than they’re worth. However, if you’re living in 90 percent humidity where temps rarely dip below 32 degrees (think Texas and Florida) or love to spend your summers outdoors, you may want to consider the pills.

Anderson Animal Hospital
(515) 954-7027
2560 Hubbell Ave
Des Moines, IA
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Monday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Kristin Holm
(515) 280-3100
6110 Creston Ave.
Des Moines, IA
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Tuesdays 9:00-5:00

Halligan, Lori, Dvm - Starch Pet Hospital
(515) 283-1576
2222 University Ave
Des Moines, IA

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Riordan Pet Hospital
(515) 276-3602
4418 Douglas Ave
Des Moines, IA

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West-Side Vet Clinic
(515) 276-5972
3100 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA

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Adel Veterinary Clinic
(515) 993-9216
619 Greene St
Adel, IA
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Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Sunday Closed
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Bryan Animal Hospital PC
(515) 274-3555
3009 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA

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Crane, Amy, Dvm - Starch Pet Hospital
(515) 283-1576
2222 University Ave
Des Moines, IA

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Benham, Tegan, Dvm - Oaks Veterinary Clinic
(515) 279-3654
2030 27th St
Des Moines, IA

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Stroh, L B, Dvm - Animal Medical Clinic
(515) 276-4511
4520 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA

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Q. My Vet Pushes Me to Give My Dog Heartworm Pills�Are They Necessary?

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A. “That’s a tricky question,” says Shannon Hudzik, VMD, at Carmel Holistic Veterinary Clinic in California. The good news is you don’t have to worry about heartworm-infected mosquitoes biting your dog until the temperature has remained above 57 degrees for two weeks. If you live in colder and more arid climates (like Colorado and New Mexico), you have a significantly lower risk and may decide preventative drugs are more trouble than they’re worth. However, if you’re living in 90 percent humidity where temps rarely dip below 32 degrees (think Texas and Florida) or love to spend your summers outdoors, you may want to consider the pills. Many people avoid meds because of potential side effects like lethargy, vomiting, and even seizures. “In the end it’s a personal decision based on what you and your vet consider to be an acceptable risk,” Hudzik says. If you do keep Fido drug-free, you should have him tested every six months and at least yearly if you go the heartworm-medicine route.

In addition, a strong immune system will help your dog fight off infection and protect him from potentially serious heart and lung complications. “Feed him a diet of whole, unprocessed foods, and minimize vaccinations, as they distract and weaken the immune system,” advises Hudzik. Omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics help keep immunity strong. Hudzik also recommends microlactin, a natural anti-inflammatory that can reduce chronic inflammation and the stress it places on the body. Talk to your vet before using essential oils or other natural remedies on your dog’s coat to repel mosquitoes, warns Hudzik, as these can be irritating and even toxic. To see a map of heartworm cases in your area, go to www.heartwormsociety.org .

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