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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.
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'''Geocaches''' (also called just "caches") are the key playing pieces in the sport of [[geocaching]].
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®).
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The object of geocaching is to find these caches,
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.
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which vary widely in shape, size, and appearance.
However, the drugs can cause side effects in some dogs.
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Some are are placed in obvious locations, while others are hidden in maddeningly obscure ways.
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,
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a geocache will consist of a [[Cache Containers|container]] placed at a location of interest.
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The [[coordinates]] of the location are published online,
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enabling other [[geocacher]]s to navigate to the location their [[GPS receiver]]s.
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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.
  
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.
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==Inside a Geocache==
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.
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[[Image:TraditionalCache.jpg|thumb|right|A classic geocache: A regular size cache in a military-style 50mm ammunition box.]]
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.
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With only a few exceptions, a geocache contains some form of [[log book|log book or log sheet]].
If your dog unfortunately requires heartworm treatment, use herbs such as Milk Thistleto minimize toxicity from the medications.
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Those who find the cache should note their visit on the log.
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[[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]]

Latest revision as of 06:26, 27 March 2012

Geocaches (also called just "caches") are the key playing pieces in the sport of geocaching. The object of geocaching is to find these caches, which vary widely in shape, size, and appearance. Some are are placed in obvious locations, while others are hidden in maddeningly obscure ways.

In the most fundamental sense, a geocache will consist of a container placed at a location of interest. The coordinates of the location are published online, enabling other geocachers to navigate to the location their GPS receivers. 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.

[edit] Inside a Geocache

A classic geocache: A regular size cache in a military-style 50mm ammunition box.

With only a few exceptions, a geocache contains some form of log book or log sheet. Those who find the cache should note their visit on the log. Smaller caches may have log sheets with room for only the date and the geocacher's name, but larger caches usually have log books with room for additional comments.

Most caches also include a stash note explaining the game of geocaching, in case non-geocachers (or "muggles") stumble upon them.

Many geocaches also contain trade items (or "swag"). Those who find the cache are free to trade for these items. If you take trade items from the cache, then you should leave something of equal or greater value in exchange. Typical trade items include toys, memorabilia, coupons, and signature items.

Caches may also contain hitchhikers. Hitchhikers are items that travel from cache to cache. The most common are travel bugs and geocoins, which are marked with unique tracking numbers so their travels can be tracked on the Geocaching.com website. While geocachers may keep trade items as their own, hitchhikers should not be kept, and should be moved to another cache.

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