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post #101 of 138 (permalink) Old 03-11-2011, 07:10 PM
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I noticed some people do not use any heart medicine. If you do not use heartguard and the like is there something you do to make sure your dogs do not have heartworms etc? anything besides get them tested once a year? Just curious what the risk is if you do not use a heart medicine and then your dog does get heartworm.
The risk is they get heartworms, and with a breed already prone to DCM why go there.

The treatment is hard on them also depending on how advanced the infection is-- if it's too far gone they can die from the treatment if the killed adults clog the circulation.

I have such hard feelings about my experience with it will never use Heartgard again due to the narrow temperature storage margins.

Also read somewhere that in the south around Mississipi heartworms are becoming resistant to preventatives.
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Mythril, I use Ivermectin as well, and have for MANY years. when I started I took it to my vet, and he helped me figure the correct amount for each dog.

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I use Heartguard on 2 dogs and Interceptor on the others. One won't eat the interceptor and the other is HW + (came from GA). Heartguard is another way to treat. It takes a while though.

I use Frontline on all but 2 (different 2 dogs). One is Honey, she breaks out in a horrible rash, and the other is the pit x - she periodically gets Promeris... had a demodex problem as a puppy.

Would love to use Advantix, but it kills cats and my cats get cuddly with the dogs.

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My dog had some bad reactions to HeartGard, he got sick and was vomiting the last 3 times I gave it to him, so I blame the Heartgard...I am trying Interceptor this month

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So we tried the Interceptor and he has been on it a week now, no reactions at all, so I think we will never use the Heartguard again.

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I use Interceptor and for fleas Frontline plus............living in south Florida this is a must!!
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my pup is 11 weeks old and just this past Monday my vet wanted me to give him interceptor so i did and have had no problems....i had expressed my concerns about giving him anything at all and he said he has seen more dogs die because they were not given anything as opposed to the dogs that were given something. so better to be safe then sorry i guess.....as far as flea preventative my vet recommends advantix but not sure when i will apply that.

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For anyone a newer product came on the market earlier this year called Trifexis...
Trifexis™ (spinosad + milbemycin oxime) Three Types of Parasite Protection for Dogs — trifexis.com

Covers Fleas, Heartworm, and 3 intestinal parasites (roundworm, hookworm and whipworm)

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I use Interceptor because that is what my vet recommended and I love my vet! My Shar Pei, who is allergic to just about everything, has never had a problem with it.

Also, by recommendation by my vet, after a flea infestation in this area last year, I switch up my flea protection. The vet said that the fleas can build up a tolerance after a period of time, like bacteria and antibiotics. I usually buy 4 or 6 doses (depending on the brand and how many come in a pack) and since I have 2 dogs I use that until its gone (2-3 months) then I buy a different brand. I am in northern VA and the tics here are SO BAD. I usually do Advantix over the months when they are worst because it also has a tic repellent.

Other than the bad flea infestation (everyone in the area's dogs had them) I've never had a problem with any thing *knocks on wood*
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I use trifexis on both my dogs. It treats and prevents fleas and intestinal worms and prevents heartworms. I like that it does everything with one pill. Unfortunately, it have you live in a high tick area, you will need something additional for ticks.
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For years we.ve done a DIY.... buy 1% Ivomec at your local feed store, the 1% injectable for cattle. Give orally, 1/10 ml per 10 lbs. of weight. This has worked for us for years. $80.00 to do 3 big and two little dogs for a long, long time. Plus, you're giving a more accurate dose. Still gotta do the Frontline, but hey? Every little bit helps!
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Interceptor, but temporarily on Heartguard because there's a shortage for Interceptor here. They won't have more till June or July. I'm going to ask my vet about the trifexis though, and will probably change to that.
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I was told interceptor is no longer being made
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I was told interceptor is no longer being made
Currently not being made but at some point production will resume.

Articles Ive read state late 2012 but others are guessing not until some time in 2013.

Im not an excedrin user but stock of that has all but disappeared as well.
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For the dogs, I use Iverheart Plus, which is a generic of Heartguard Plus. For fleas, I use Advantix. The cats get Revolution, but I think I'll go with Heartguard/Advantage for one of them, due to the fact that he got a small sore at the application site the last time.

As far as the company's production stoppage, you can't get Prevacid, either.

ETS: I keep them on prevention year round. Advantix is supposed to repel mosquitoes, and we have mosquitoes in January. There have also been several cases, in the lst few years, of West Nile Virus, which is also carried by skeeters.

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Not an option here, but I have always used SENTINEL until recently (got 2 year supply of Hearguard free but will go back to sentinel in the future). Its basically Interceptor with flea benefits. (causes sterilization to fleas, helping to control flea population)


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We preferred Interceptor due to the flea control. It's currently out, but I was told it will come back at a later time...only how late that's not for certain (Oh Novartis, why'd you have to mess things up?).

So we've had to switch ours to Trifexis recently, and it seems to be working quite well, although a bit more expensive than our original Interceptor. We've been getting it here Trifexis Heartworm, Flea and Intestinal Parasites Prevention since getting it from our vet's has been costing us a limb. Was fortunate our current vet was understanding enough to allow us to purchase meds online and gave us the prescription that we needed.
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I am using Trifexis for Penny. She was on Heartguard when I got her and sure enough had whipworms. JMHO
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Am I the only one who misses Filaribits? It was a lot easier for me to remember a pill every day, than having to remember one a month. Even with the stickers on the calandar, I sometimes forget to give it. One month, I realized that I had given Lucky TWO doses about five days apart, so now, I cross it off when I give it too them.
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My Vet can't get interceptor anymore so I had to put them back on heart guard plus (with the addition of frontline of course).

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I picked up some Interceptor from my vet last week. They had just run out of small dog and had a limited supply of 51-100. They called to place an order for more Interceptor and were told that no more would be available for shipping until November.

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wow great post. I will be traveling from WA to Mexico and staying for 6 months so I need to be thinking of heart worm and fleas and other worms. Thanks all.
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Just checked with my vet this week when we went for accupuncture and NO Interceptor has come in to them

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I use ivermectin for my dogs. We use it at the rescue too. The vet we use when testing for heart worm still test for how bad the dog has it. No just a yes or not. If the test comes back weak we can normally treat it with out the costly heartworm vet bill and it is easier on the dog. We use to use frontline but now have a supplier that does some of the other flea stuff that when something it wrong with the package we get it for free over them throwing it out like they use too.
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I read that you can get interceptor at Walmart, has anyone else done this? If so, do you need a vet prescription to pick it up or just call and order it?
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