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Yearly vaccines necessary?

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I brought my one year 3 month Beagle mix to the vet for her annual heartworm test and refill of meds and also for the Frontline supply.

The test, the year supply of Heartworm tablets, and 7 months worth of Frontline was about $225...and on top of that they told me that she is due for her yearly vaccines which need to be done each and every year.

I thought vaccines were only required during the dog's first year?

And does that sound a lot for medications?

The Heartworm was about $120 (one year) and the Frontline was about $75 for 7 months...and they said you need to test yearly for Heartworm even though she's on the meds..
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No yearly vaccinations given here. I also do not use chemical flea, tick or heartworm preventative.
Oops, I forgot about this thread. I honestly wasn't trying to skip out on answering.

Googling "natural heartworm prevention" can give you more information than I can posting:


In short, I feed my active dogs a quality diet, supplemented with BugOff Garlic, Diatomaceous Earth, etc. and also take many other preventative measures.
Even I, who has a pet peeve against overmedication for heartworm, do it seasonally. It's very rare in my area, but better safe than sorry. I use a seasonal, minimal dosing schedule.

Even if all you do is annual testing without ever using preventative, if the dog comes up positive you'll have to put them on monthly medication for a full year (at least) to clear it up. So that sort of defeats the purpose of not wanting to overmedicate for it!
There are also natural cures for heartworm, including:


As for not wanting to spray stuff on your dog, you can also feed garlic and/or Diatomaceous Earth, etc.
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