(Closed) Alternative to Heartguard

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Help me decide:
    Use heartgard anyway, it's worth the risk of seizures. Heartworms are bad! : (2 votes)
    20 %
    No heartgard. Take the risk but make sure to give flea/tick preventative. : (1 votes)
    10 %
    My vet tells me to use another medication to prevent heartworms and I will list it below. : (7 votes)
    70 %
    Polls are fun! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 4
    100 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have a shepherd mix. Our vet said not to use Heartgaurd, and recommended both Interceptor and Tri-Heart instead. We’ve used both. I think the Interceptor was a little cheaper, but they were out of it last time we needed a refill, so right now she’s on the Tri-Heart. No problems on either one!

    ETA: Hmm, based on the chart the previous poster put up, Tri-Heart has ivermectin. Just checked the box, and that seems to be the case. I’m not sure why my vet recommended it, now…I might call them and make sure it’s actually ok for my dog to be taking it! Interceptor does seem to be fine, though.

    Post # 5
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We gave my dog Sentinel which covers both heartworm and fleas and ticks.  The company temporarily closed though so last time we went to the vet, I had to switch to another similar medicine: Trifexis (again – covers fleas, ticks, and heartworm).

    We’ll be switching back to Sentinel when it is available again (because it is cheaper than Trifexis and worked well) but have liked Trifexis as well.

    Post # 6
    1026 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    You could try trifexis- its what we use and has no ivermectin in it.  Our dogs have done well on it, for the past 3 years.   

    Post # 7
    3772 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I also say trifexis. you just have to watch for the dog vomiting, one of our dogs likes to puke it back up b/c she has a sensitive stomach. The best way to prevent that is to give them food (fully belly) prior to the meds.

    Post # 8
    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2008

    We use Interceptor for our dogs (an Australian Shepherd and Australian Shepherd/Border Collie) and have never had any issues.

    Post # 9
    1026 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Woodstock:  We do the same- give it to them about 10 minutes after they eat dinner and we haven’t had any problems.  The only time either of our dogs got sick on it was when we started them on it and the vet gave them the first pill at the office at 1 in the afternoon.  We drove home and my shepherd mix promptly got out of the car and puked up the pill.  But her stomach was pretty empty at the time, and she may have been motion sick as well.  Since then I give it at home with food and its worked great.

    Post # 10
    5148 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Also, a flea/tick preventative won’t do anything against heartworm; heartworm is spread by mosquitos.

    Post # 11
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We use Sentinel for our siberian husky. It protects again heartworms, fleas, ticks and a few other parasites. Our pup has never had any side effects. 

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