(Closed) Bees with dogs that use Heartgard….

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Busy bee

What did your vet say?  I would ask him or her.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015 - City Hall NYC

I wouldnt mess with it.  I would do exactly as the vet says.  Heartworm is a serious thing and you want to make sure your dog is getting the correct dosage.  I agree that the heartguard is expensive but just think about how much more expensive (and painful) heartworm treatments are!  Does your vet give you a rebate when you buy a certain amount of heartguard? I know I am supposed to get a rebate…

Post # 4
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Busy bee

pinkshoes:  I’d also ask your vet. My gut says the medicine part wouldn’t be injected evenly into the chew — so one month he could get more beef flavoring than medicine.

If it were me (depending on where you live) I’d give the full 100 + 25 chews during the summer months and the back it down to just the 100 chew while it snowed if money was an issue.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I would follow your vets orders.  If cutting a pill into 4ths would have been a good solution I am sure the vet would have suggested that.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

The price of flea & tick and heartworm prevention is outrageous! I totally feel your pain. We have two dogs so our bill is doubled.

I tend to agree with beeintraining:. Depending on where you live, I’d say you could get away with it the winter months, but the summer months you should definitely give him/her the full dose, especially if you live in an area full of mosquitoes. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

pinkshoes:  I would speak with your vet or call the company since this question is not listed in their FAQ page… This was a statement from a question forum:

“You *can* split the pills, but the ivermectin is not evenly distribuated thru out the chew, so you risk underdosing (more dangerous) and overdosing (less dangerous) the dogs that get the split pill. Also you must use the pill soon after opening the blister pack as ivermectin becomes less active the longer it is exposed to air (so you can’t save half of it for next month).”

**note: who this quote is from is not stated on the forum, check with your vet or the company to verify.**

The cost of yearly preventive is less painful and less expensive than treatment.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 12 months ago by  BrideK2Wings.
Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I would use revolution or vectra, as they are both flea & heartworm preventatives.  They’re a little more expensive than Advantix, but also (in my opinion – with four dogs and seven cats) more effective.

 

It is also suggested that you not stop flea preventative in the winter, because the fleas aren’t always killed off when you think they are.  We live in PA and our vet says it’s too hit or miss to stop during the winter because if it’s not a BAD winter, you could still have fleas.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2016

And if you do stop your flea preventative, I wouldn’t do it with the heartworm.  Your dog should be tested for heartworms after every lapse in preventative, because if the dog has gotten them, the preventative will help mask it on tests, so it will go undetected.  So if you miss even a month, you should get the dog retested to be sure they don’t have heartworms before you begin the preventative again.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

pinkshoes:  

I’m going to go totally against the grain and suggest something else…

I used to use Heartgard, but after lots of discussions with my dog’s breeder and a few vets, I switched to using plain ivermectin. It’s the same ingredient, but WAY less expensive to buy the sheep or cattle formulation. I think I spend about $35/year to treat 2 dogs (our 3rd dog is part border collie, so we use Interceptor for her since Ivermectin is potentially fatal in some collie breeds). And I only have to spend that much because the ivermectin expires and I have to buy a new bottle… I never use it all. The products you buy from the vet are all WAY overpriced and they can keep charging that much because they have a monopoly.

Lots of websites that tell you how to do it, but I found this one the most helpful: http://www.dogaware.com/health/ivomec.html

 

I use the instructions for the sheep drench (0.08%), which you can buy on Amazon easily along with 1cc syringes (don’t need a needle, don’t worry!). I re-did all the calculations myself and had my breeder double check them as well. It’s been working great and saves a TON of money!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

pinkshoes:  my dog is around 120 lbs and the pharmacist just gave us the 100lb tablets.  She asked how much he weighed.  I didn’t think it was that strict.

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