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    Hi all, just came from the vet and she gave me meds for giardia (crap!) and a heartworm chewable for Brando. I was skeptical, living in Ohio, because we don't even see our first mosquitoes until May or later. So I looked it up and found this article: The Truth About Heartworms | Natural Pet Store Blog | Best cat & dog treats, food, & supplements review | OnlyNaturalPet.com

    I'm holding off on the chewable until June. Any thoughts from those of you with more experience in this?

    Thanks!
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    I give heartworm all year round in Michigan. Do you really want to take a chance with Brando? I've lived through a dog with heartworm and trust me, it's not easy, fun and very hard on the wallet.
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    i'm in ny, on long island, and would never ever take a chance. we give it all year round.
    i've seen mosquitos in the winter on a warmish day.

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    I'm in northwest NJ and give it year round, too. Definitely not worth taking the chance. I found 2 mosquitos in the house yesterday.

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    Central Indiana here and we give it year-round too. If I contemplated skipping any months at all, the only one I'd even consider would be January and that would be absolutely it. No way would I skip the entire spring. That's just taking unnecessary risks.

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    I live in VA and give it all year also. Heartworm is extremly prevalent in the South. Alot of the dogs that get pulled from kill shelters in North and South Carolina for rescue transport are heartworm positive. It is very sad.
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    North Jersey here and I use heartworm preventative. I do skip the coldest months, but may revise that since winters are not as cold as they used to be. I really don't think that amongst informed dog owners there is all that much debate about this topic.

    Dogs do die from heartworm and the treatment for an affected dog is hard on the dog and very hard on your wallet. Why chance it?
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    Year round heart worm meds....... it costs under $95 for 12 month supply on petmeds.com that's not even $8 a month. Small price to pay.

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    I would rather treat my dog for this and not need it, than not treat her and need it.

    I use HartGuard (or maybe HeartGard) which is less than $100 a year.

    They say to give a chewable every month, but per our vet it can be every 5 weeks.
    Just set a reminder on your phone.
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    I give it year round. I killed 3 mosquitoes yesterday.
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