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'''Geocaches''' (also called just "caches") are the key playing pieces in the sport of [[geocaching]].
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Since treating [http://hookwormsindogs.net/Symptoms-of-heartworms-in-dogs]Symptoms of heartworms in dogs  is extremely risky and hard on the dog, the preferred route is taking preventative measures.
The object of geocaching is to find these caches,
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Conventional preventive measure is the use of drugs to kill the heartworm larvae (microfilaria) before they mature. The most common preventative drugs for heartworm are ivermectin (Heartgard®), milbemycin (Interceptor®) and selamectin (Revolution®).
which vary widely in shape, size, and appearance.
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Compared to other medications, these drugs are generally safe and effective as the dose needed to prevent heartworm infection and disease is very tiny, approximately 1/30 of that necessary to treat other parasitic diseases.
Some are are placed in obvious locations, while others are hidden in maddeningly obscure ways.
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However, the drugs can cause side effects in some dogs.
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Side effects associated with ivermectin include depression, balance problems, and blindness, although these are uncommon at the low doses used in heartworm preventatives. However, ivermectin should be used with caution in collies and related breeds such as Old English Sheepdodgs and Australian Shepherds, who are more sensitive to the neurological effects of the drug.
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Milbemycin, the most common alternative drug for collie breeds, can cause depression, lethargy, vomiting, appetite loss, diarrhea, convulsions, weakness and excessive drooling.
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Selamectin side-effects include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle tremors, appetite loss, lethargy, drooling, and rapid breathing.
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In the most fundamental sense,
 
a geocache will consist of a [[Cache Containers|container]] placed at a location of interest.
 
The [[coordinates]] of the location are published online,
 
enabling other [[geocacher]]s to navigate to the location their [[GPS receiver]]s.
 
What makes a location interesting can vary wildly from cache to cache. At many geocache locations, the surrounding area has some attractive feature, be it a bit of local history or simply a gorgeous view. Sometimes, however, the sole draw to the geocache's hiding place is the fact that there ''is'' a geocache there.
 
  
==Inside a Geocache==
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Treating heartworm in dogs is very involved and almost always requires hospitalization. The treatment can be very dangerous as well because the drugs used are arsenic-based and are understandably very toxic.
[[Image:TraditionalCache.jpg|thumb|right|A classic geocache: A regular size cache in a military-style 50mm ammunition box.]]
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Treating heartworm involves the injection of the heartworm drugs into an [http://www.hookwormsindogs.net Symptoms of heartworms in dogs]to kill the adult heartworms. However, unlike intestinal worms which can then be eliminated through the digestive system, the dead heartworms have nowhere to go - they die in the heart chamber and the pulmonary arteries and then start to decompose over about 30 days.
With only a few exceptions, a geocache contains some form of [[log book|log book or log sheet]].
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During the 30 days after the injection, the dog patient has to be kept very quiet to decrease the chances of these tiny pieces of dead worms from going into the deeper arteries of the lungs causing obstruction of the blood vessels, which can sometimes cause immediate death to the dog. Also, the massive die-off of the [http://www.hookwormsindogs.net Symptoms of heartworms in dogs] can cause severe inflammation and even respiratory failure. Sadly, not all dogs survive the treatment.
Those who find the cache should note their visit on the log.
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If your dog unfortunately requires heartworm treatment, use herbs such as Milk Thistleto minimize toxicity from the medications.
[[Cache Containers#Cache Sizes|Smaller caches]] may have log sheets with room for only the date and the geocacher's name,
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but [[Cache Containers#Cache Sizes|larger caches]] usually have log books with room for additional comments.
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Most caches also include a [[stash note]] explaining the game of geocaching, in case non-geocachers (or "[[muggles]]") stumble upon them.
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Many geocaches also contain [[trade item]]s (or "swag").
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Those who find the cache are free to trade for these items.
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If you take trade items from the cache, then you should leave something of equal or greater value in exchange.
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Typical trade items include toys, memorabilia, coupons, and [[signature items]].
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Caches may also contain [[hitchhiker]]s.
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Hitchhikers are items that travel from cache to cache.
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The most common are [[travel bug]]s and [[geocoin]]s, which are marked with unique tracking numbers so their travels can be tracked on the [http://www.geocaching.com/ Geocaching.com website].
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While geocachers may keep trade items as their own,
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hitchhikers should not be kept, and should be moved to another cache.
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[[Category:Basics]]
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Revision as of 20:33, 26 March 2012

Since treating [1]Symptoms of heartworms in dogs is extremely risky and hard on the dog, the preferred route is taking preventative measures. Conventional preventive measure is the use of drugs to kill the heartworm larvae (microfilaria) before they mature. The most common preventative drugs for heartworm are ivermectin (Heartgard®), milbemycin (Interceptor®) and selamectin (Revolution®). Compared to other medications, these drugs are generally safe and effective as the dose needed to prevent heartworm infection and disease is very tiny, approximately 1/30 of that necessary to treat other parasitic diseases. However, the drugs can cause side effects in some dogs. Side effects associated with ivermectin include depression, balance problems, and blindness, although these are uncommon at the low doses used in heartworm preventatives. However, ivermectin should be used with caution in collies and related breeds such as Old English Sheepdodgs and Australian Shepherds, who are more sensitive to the neurological effects of the drug. Milbemycin, the most common alternative drug for collie breeds, can cause depression, lethargy, vomiting, appetite loss, diarrhea, convulsions, weakness and excessive drooling. Selamectin side-effects include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle tremors, appetite loss, lethargy, drooling, and rapid breathing.


Treating heartworm in dogs is very involved and almost always requires hospitalization. The treatment can be very dangerous as well because the drugs used are arsenic-based and are understandably very toxic. Treating heartworm involves the injection of the heartworm drugs into an Symptoms of heartworms in dogsto kill the adult heartworms. However, unlike intestinal worms which can then be eliminated through the digestive system, the dead heartworms have nowhere to go - they die in the heart chamber and the pulmonary arteries and then start to decompose over about 30 days. During the 30 days after the injection, the dog patient has to be kept very quiet to decrease the chances of these tiny pieces of dead worms from going into the deeper arteries of the lungs causing obstruction of the blood vessels, which can sometimes cause immediate death to the dog. Also, the massive die-off of the Symptoms of heartworms in dogs can cause severe inflammation and even respiratory failure. Sadly, not all dogs survive the treatment. If your dog unfortunately requires heartworm treatment, use herbs such as Milk Thistleto minimize toxicity from the medications.

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