Anything you use doesnt keep the ticks off...they have to bit the skin to ingest the meds that kill them. I use Frontline Plus on all my dogs and it always seems to do the trick. As for heartworms I only use interceptor as most of my dogs are collies and they cannnot have anything with ivermectin as it can attack their nervous system. In fact, if you have a dog that tests medium or low positive for heartworm Interceptor given over a period of time more than likely will them and then they dont have to go thru the misery of imiticide treatment.
***Edited By: colliemom on 6/1/2005 5:41:26 AM*** Reason: add
I also use frontline plus as well and found a website based in Australia (sp) that sells it for half the price my vet does here in VA. I will run the risk of posting the site for you however the mods may remove it but it is petshed.com.
I also use Frontline plus and Interceptor. I like the Interceptor because it helps kill other kinds of worms too. Taking your dog to parks and all over they do run the risk of picking up worms so I like to use the Interceptor for this reason as well as for the heartworms. I have an Aussie and I've heard because they are collie-type dogs that the Heartgard could cause problems with them too. I also use Panacur once a year just to be extra safe about getting rid of intestinal worms. I also give my dogs a lyme disease vaccination. Vaccinating them against lyme disease and using Frontline greatly reduces the risk they they will contract the disease.
***Edited By: ln on 6/1/2005 8:29:05 AM*** Reason: lkj
I also use Frontline Plus & Interceptor for all my kids. My vet won't sell the one that also claims to kill mosquitos (can't recall the name right now) as he doesn't believe it to be safe. I trust him implicitly, he also refused to give the Proheart 6 injections as he didn't believe it was safe either, and he was right on the money on that one, so I'll stick with his advice.
I do have a great Ebay seller that I get my Frontline Plus for about 1/2 price. Yuu want to be very careful ordering Frontling from overseas sellers as the products are marketed differently and dosages are different than the US stuff. You sure wouldn't want to over or under medicate your dogs. Here's a link to show exactly what the US stuff should look like: http://www.frontline.com/epa/
kcarpino- Advantage is NOT a heartworm preventative, at all. The only thing that advantage does is kill fleas. There is a product called Advantix which kills fleas/ticks and repells mosquitos, but is NOT a heartworm preventative. Either you misunderstood the vet or they were misinformed. You can looked on the label and it will tell you what the product is effective against. Just remember, just because it repells mosquitos does not make it a heartworm preventative. Heatworm preventatives actually kill baby heartworms that may have infected the dog.
Personally I use Interceptor and Frontline Plus. I have really liked it so far. I'm a fan of Sentinel, it is a great heartworm preventative/flea/intestinal parasite control, but it is not effective against ticks which are a problem in our area. Luckily lyme disease is not big here, but we do have a big problem to erlichia which as of yet they don't have a vaccine for.
Anyway, also, revolution is a heartworm preventative/flea/earmite/mange control. I know its confusing. There are so many products out there and its not always easy to explain everything. Most vets have brochures on each of the products so you can read about them. I know this helped me in the past before I started working for a vet and had to memorize all the information.
gingerspice, right on the box it states it protects against heartwork (looking at the box right now) - the product is specifically called Advantage Multi 10, this is also what the vet told me. sorry if i wasn't clear. this blurb below is from the bayer site:
Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health Division, has continuously researched and developed new products since 1919. Following its mission to protect animals and benefit people, Animal Health, together with its international affiliates, make and distribute more than 100 veterinary drug products for food animals and companion animals worldwide. In Canada, the Animal Health Division offers veterinarians leading products for food animals and companion animals including:
AdvantageŽ (flea control in dogs and cats) advantage multi" (heartworm protection, flea control, internal parasites in dogs and cats)
Krystal, thanks for the info. This product must have just recently come out because I've never heard of it! I'm going to ask my vet about it. I've actually not been working for about 4 months now, so this must be hot off the market. Anyway, it makes me feel better to know that your dog is on a heartworm preventative and that you weren't misinformed. That's the only thing that concerned me. Thanks again!
Minniyar, I couldn't really find that much info on the Bayer site about the Advantage Multi 10 myself, but I have it. I'm also located in Canada, so maybe it was released here first. My vet seemed to think this was the best medication to use. I don't really have any more info though, sorry :(
Thanks for the concern gingerspice
***Edited By: kcarpino on 6/3/2005 6:54:09 PM*** Reason: Adding something
I agree with Icyhound I also use Ivermec (same active stuff as heartgard but much less expensive). It can be found in the revival pet catalog. Just be careful if you mix it wrong you can get a really sick dog. Also, Collies are extremely sensitive to Ivermectin and shouldn't take it.
I use Advantix for biting insects and heartguard for heartworm and have had good luck for years. I've heard tests have been done showing that in years to come advantix may make the heartguard obsolete. They just don't have enough data yet. I use a shot for lyme disease.
Did you ever see that commercial on TV where you can llegedly get your pet's mediations for as much as half of what the vet charges ? Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the place but check Google or Yahoo, you can search and see if the company has a website. I think it does. I would call them myself but my puppy is still kind of small, and the last two months, I had to get her heartworm medication, I only got a single dose, because the second month, she took a different dosage size.
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