My parents belive that the whole heartworm previnsion thing is just a way to make money, mainly because the dog can still get heartworm. I guess we really just don't know where we stand. My mothers friend gave her dog all the heartworm medications religiosly, and the dog still got heartworm. What are the chances of getting heartworm? Are those chances reduced if i give them the medication? How much does the medication cost? How much does it cost to rid them of heartworm? Our previos dogs didn't even go to the vet regularly, and they lived to be 18 years old! I love my dogs dearly, and really want the best for them, but my family and I see it this way...
If we spend a whole lot of money for all that medication and then one of them gets heartworm, we have to spend a whole lot more money to rid them of it, and they could die in the process.
If we don't give them the medication, and they don't get heartworm, we all win (except for the vet).
If we don't give them the medication and they do get it, we will certainly treat them and do everything we can to red them of it, and after that we will give them their medication, having learned a lesson. If one of them does die because of heartworm, then we will feel absolutely terrible, but (I know this sounds really bad) we gave them a good life.
You have no idea how much I love my dogs and my life rotates around them, but money is just not something we can really spend to much of, especially for two lovable mutts who wouldn't know the difference (I know that sounds bad too, but it's true I love my dogs to death, no matter what they do, I LOVE THEM) We are just a family looking for some truthful advice for our furry little family members.