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Old 11-13-2006, 07:46 PM
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what is a safe medication for shelties to prevent heart worms?
how important is it to have a preventitive?
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:22 PM
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interceptor is generally safe in collie breeds. heartgard is not.

how much you need it depends on where you live. ask your vet.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:23 PM
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thank you.
my vet doesnt know shelties/collies well, so i mainly needed the name of the safe one
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:28 PM
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Has nothing to do with the breed . Your pup needs a blood check and if clear I recommend Interceptor too .
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We rescued a Great Pyranese 3 years ago and when we got her and vet checked, she had heart worms. They couldn't treat her because of their advancement. 2 years later we had to put her down, and it was HORRIBLE. I never miss Squirt's or Jessica's preventative. Never want to go through that again.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:04 PM
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I've put 3 rescue foster dogs through the treatment ........ it can be done , but believe me a never miss a month either ! Cheaper to prevent than cure !
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:18 PM
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Has nothing to do with the breed . Your pup needs a blood check and if clear I recommend Interceptor too .
Actually, it has EVERYTHING to do with the breed when it comes to collies! Collies can not tolerate the ivermectin family of drugs and that is why Heartguard and Iverheart are not safe in collies. I don't think Revolution is either. If you read the packaging, it will usually warn against use in collie breeds.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:20 PM
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Showpug beat me to it. Aussies fall into the "collie breeds" categories as far as worming medications go, so this was something I learned early on.
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Has nothing to do with the breed . Your pup needs a blood check and if clear I recommend Interceptor too .
Actually, the type of preventative used does depend on the breed. Certain herding breeds (esp. Collies and Aussies) can have severe reactions - including death - to ivermectin and related drugs.

Edit: I see we answered at the same time! lol

The reason for drug sensitivity is a mutant gene (called MDR1) that allows drugs to pass the blood-brain barrier. http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/ or http://www.awca.net/drug.htm

Affected breeds - most current data http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/research/...rojects/mdr1b/
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Small note:

Collies, Shelties and Aussies aside, the MDR1 mutation has also been found in Old English Sheepdogs, German Shepherds, Long-haired Whippets, Silken Windhounds, and a variety of mixed breed dogs.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5518665
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