I found a generic form of Heartgard on a pet supply website. Its called Nuheart. Is this just as good as the brand name stuff? It says the active ingredient is Ivermectin. Does anyone have any experience with this brand? Its much cheaper. 6 doses for dogs over 50# is $20 instead of $40.
I prefer to use only holistic insectisides on my animals. I am very sorry for the poor spelling, it wasn't my best subject. Anyway, I use pet-so-soft spray, and spray my dogs usually twice a day. I use natural defense for fleas and ticks. As far as I am concerned, but over vaccinate our dogs to begin with, so I try not to add any more chemicals to their daily lives. I have never lost a dog to heart worm, and I have them checked ever year. Also alot of that stuff isn't safe for pregnant bitches, or lactating bitchs. I breed as a hobby. The natural defense even makes my house smell great. I am not saying it is great for everyone, and I do run the risk of loosing my dogs if they were to catch something. I would rather take that risk then add more toxins to my babies body.
Always use a heartworm preventative. Advantix is not enough because it has nothing to kill the microfilaria before they become adult heartworms. It only takes one mosquitoe bite to infect your dog. I work at a vet clinic in Kansas, we have seen alot of positive heartworm cases this year, especially since we have had so much rain. But anywhere there are mosquitoes, your dog is at risk, even if it is a house dog!