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Old 06-19-2013, 06:39 PM
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Default Heartworm prev.

Nola goes in for her heartworm test next month, and I need to make up my mind on what to give her as far as prevention goes. Currently, she's on Heartgard Plus. I'd also like to find some kind of pill for flea control, as pretty much every topical on the market is failing down here. I'm considering:

Heartgard + Comfortis: $121 every six months
Most expensive option, but I really like having the option of spacing out giving them to her. Currently she gets flea drops on the first of each month and heartworm prev. on the 15th. I really like spacing it out, so if she every had a reaction I could pinpoint which thing was causing it.

Sentinel: $56 a year
I'm unsure of how well this would work, as it only kills flea eggs.

Trifexis: $89 every six months
Seems like the best choice financially, but I've heard a few horror stories about it.

I am not interested in putting on a topical heartworm prev.

Let me know your thoughts/opinions!
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:56 PM
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We use Trifexis and Preventic collars. Pretty happy with it thus far. The Trifexis costs us $180/month (we have too many dogs) and I replace the Preventic collars once every three months.

ETA: My dogs all vomited on Trifexis the first couple of months so I cut it in half and fed it in two meals and that seemed to solve the problem.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:08 PM
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I use oral liquid ivermectin (about $1/month for five dogs) and Frontline Plus (or Advantix II). I split up the large dog vial between the dogs, so about $12.50/month for that.

I LOVE Trifexis, but it's cost prohibitive with three large breeds and two medium breeds. I never had any issues with vomiting when I used it (or Comfortis either, for that matter). I made sure to give the pills with a full meal.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:12 PM
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Personally, I use liquid ivermectin for HW prevention and bug off garlic for fleas/ticks. I've heard they are terrible around here this year ( a member found 12 on his beagle after an hour walk in the city! :O ) and I still have never seen a flea or tick on any of my dogs.
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She's so small I'm really not comfortable using ivermectin like that with her!
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:27 PM
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Take into consideration that the same dose is used to treat dogs from 0-25# if you use Heartgard/Iverheart/etc, and that ivermectin has an incredibly broad dosing range for various ailments.

That being said, I do understand your concerns.

My littlest guy is about 18# and his actual dose is like 0.005ml, which is impossible to dose. He gets 0.01ml and I call it a day. My biggest dog is a around 105#. His actual dose is 0.03ml, and he gets... 0.03ml.

It did feel really weird giving ivermectin the first time. I put it in the center of a Pill Pocket and pretended it was Heartgard.
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I love Trifexis. If I could afford to give it all the time, I would. That being said, I just use the free products I get from work. Trifexis, heartguard, sentinel, parastar, activyl, frontline...my dogs are on a hodge podge of whatever I have at the time. I've never had an issue with anything.

Currently Abrams is on Sentinel and Cynder is on a Heartguard/Frontline combo. Abrams will be going to a Sentinel/Activyl combo next month, most likely. Because although I like having an oral flea prevention, ticks are also a worry right now.
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Take into consideration that the same dose is used to treat dogs from 0-25# if you use Heartgard/Iverheart/etc, and that ivermectin has an incredibly broad dosing range for various ailments.

That being said, I do understand your concerns.

My littlest guy is about 18# and his actual dose is like 0.005ml, which is impossible to dose. He gets 0.01ml and I call it a day. My biggest dog is a around 105#. His actual dose is 0.03ml, and he gets... 0.03ml.

It did feel really weird giving ivermectin the first time. I put it in the center of a Pill Pocket and pretended it was Heartgard.
Alright, I'm switching to this. I edit my answer to Ivermectin

I am planning on doing the dilution, I also bought a 0.5 cc syringe to hopefully get the girls/Snitch right. I think I'm going to test both red boys (Border Collie and Australian Kelpie) with the DNA test as well...just in case. I bought EVERYTHING I need for however long before the bottles expire, for $60. FTW!
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I split whatever topical flea/tick stuff we can the cheapest and split it between the dogs, and when I stop forgetting to pick it up we'll be using Noromectin for heartworms.
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Alright, I'm switching to this. I edit my answer to Ivermectin

I am planning on doing the dilution, I also bought a 0.5 cc syringe to hopefully get the girls/Snitch right. I think I'm going to test both red boys (Border Collie and Australian Kelpie) with the DNA test as well...just in case. I bought EVERYTHING I need for however long before the bottles expire, for $60. FTW!
Oh, yeah... another good point. The MDR1 dogs.

A long time ago, we used to say "white feet, don't treat" in regards to using ivermectin use in collies, etc. I understand that's expanded now to collies, shelties, border collies, Aussies, etc.

So those with the above listed dogs, or mixes thereof, should consider other heartworm preventatives, or talk to your veterinarian about whether the minuscule amount of ivermectin could cause problems in your dog. Official disclaimer.
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