Hi! I have been reading much about Heartworm medications and have found myself very confused. I would prefer to put as little through my dogs’ systems as possible as far as chemicals go. I have never had an issue with fleas or ticks on any dogs, so I am not necessarily concerned with a preventative, but if anyone has any natural, ingestible suggestions just to be safe, I would appreciate it!
Anyways, from my readings, Inceptor and Heartgard are preferable. I would prefer Inceptor, I think… :,). I have read that supplementing with Milk Thistle afterwards can assist the liver and am interested in when to begin dosing and how much I should dose my dogs. I have three dogs at the following weights: 46 lbs, 64 lbs, 71 lbs. Thank you for all your help in advance!AnonymousMember
They are all pesticides, I use the least amount possible that will be effective. Heartworm preventive every 6 weeks spring -fall, testing once a year. Advantix II in the summer (monthly topical) I also use Wondercide as a deterrent.
The homeopathic veterinarians say they have some natural ways, but I’m not so sure…
I avoid all tall grass, brush, woods and keep the lawn mowed low.
We had a conversation about this a while back (probably a year or two ago now), and I hope some of the others who recall it weigh in also.
There is also reason to believe that milk thistle can slow the transit time of certain types of heartworm preventatives. So, it is important to wait for several days for the medication to clear the liver before offering milk thistle.
Sorry I don’t recall the details. I look for more information when I have a chance, but I’m in a rush right now!
Here’s a few conversations that I remember:
Yes, that’s it! Thanks BD!
Thank you all!
Sorry; I have another question. So I think I can provide milk thistle a week after their medications; not sure if that will even be worth doing. But if dosing with Milk Thistle, how much should be given?
Here’s information from a source I trust: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/milk-thistle-for-your-dog/
Dosing information is at the end of the article.
Thank you @DogFoodie, appreciate your help!weezerweeksParticipant
I have been giving my yorkie milk thistle 3 days after Heartgard but only once a day for a week. He weighs 7.3 lbs and I give the liquid from Swansons so how much should I give and should I do it twice a day. I think BCnut told me 5 drops but I thought she meant once a day.question twice a day and how much teaspoon wise? Thanks
Did you see my post on the cat rec thread for large cans of cat food? If you didn’t:
It’s at the end of my May 4, 2015 at 11:01 am post.
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