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Lung worm info from my vet

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by rona, Jun 30, 2010.


  1. rona

    rona Guest

    I had a really interesting chat with my vet today about lung worm/French heartworm.
    Apparently Milbemax is not a preventative for French Heartworm, I have researched this and she is correct. It does treat but does not have any preventative uses
    Milbemax® (Milbemycin Oxime, Praziquantel) - Novartis Animal Health Inc.

    http://www.ivis.org/advances/Parasit_Bowman/conboy_angiostrongylosis/ivis.pdf

    Notice the difference in type
    French Heartworm: Angiostrongylus vasorum,
    Heartworm: Dirofilaria immitis

    Heartworm does not exist in this country at the moment.

    She also said that the drug companies have been trying to prove that the French heartworm is present in the slime of slugs and snails, but as yet they have not been able to find any.
    The biggest risk of a dog contracting French heartworm is through ingesting fox faeces and whole slugs and snails.
    Advocate is the only licensed preventive of French Heartworm.
     
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  2. babycham2002

    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

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    Thats interesting Rona, thanks
     
  3. MontyA

    MontyA PetForums Member

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    Thanks for that- I'm using Advocate. Just as well, Monty has been known to eat slugs and snails before I've a chance to stop him.
     
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