Important Reminder for SDWR Volunteer Raisers: Heartgard & Seresto Collars

heartgard serestoHeartgard can only be obtained by a veterinarian and ONLY AFTER the dog has been tested negative for heartworms. Heartgard is a monthly medication that is given to dogs to prevent heartworm larvae from developing into adults. Heartgard does not kill adult worms.

When you give your service dog in training his monthly Heartgard pill, it is killing all the immature forms of the worm (larvae) that have been growing in your dogs system for the past 30 days.

If you have forgotten to give your SDIT his/her heartworm pill on time there is a chance that if your dog has heartworm larvae, those larvae would potentially be able to develop and travel to your dogs bloodstream and reach his heart. The problem with giving Heartgard to a dog that has heartworm disease is the sudden death of the larvae can trigger a shock-type reaction in the bloodstream that can be life threatening to the dog. That is why veterinarians are required by law to have a valid veterinary-client relationship before dispensing any medications. On top of that, the American Heartworm Society recommends that the dog must test negative for heartworms before being placed on heartworm preventative.

SDWR is not a veterinarian. We are not a Retailer or a Wholesaler. You should develop a relationship of your own with a veterinarian. SDWR is a nonprofit organization and therefore we are unable to provide medication and supplies to our service dog raisers. This also includes Seresto Flea and Tick Collars. You should be changing the Seresto collar out every 6 months and making sure you have your dog in a NEW Seresto collar. We want all of our puppy raisers to make sure you have your dog tested for heartworms by their veterinarian, obtain Heartgard preventative, and then administer the medication every 30 days as prescribed.

If you have any questions or need more information please contact us at or call 540-543-2301.

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, or SDWR, is a fully incorporated 501 (c) (3) organization providing service dogs to those living with invisible disabilities like Autism, Diabetes, PTSD, and Seizure Disorders.

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