I just took our new dog to the vet for a check up and to get his next five months of heartworm meds. The vet suggested the shot, but my shelter people (where we got the dog) are totally against the shot and say that many dogs have died from it. I am in the process of doing some research on this subject but was hoping I could get some feedback. Thanks!
Oscar gets the shot. It is more conveniant for me because I have a bad memory and can't remember the once a month chew. Plus Oscars mouth is so big the chew just falls out of his mouth. The good thing about the shot is you only give it every six months and the vet always mails us a postcard reminding us when to bring him in.
Good morning. Unfortunately any drug has some percentage of reactions. When heartgard first came out, they didn't realize that some Collies were sensitive, and there were some deaths. Collies should take Interceptor or Revolution. The shot, Proheart 6, will have a small percentage of reactions also. There have been over 5 million doses given and there were just over 500 known reactions, a few fatal. A report on 20-20 or 60 min or some other such show gave a very slanted, one sided view on the shot. They interviewed a couple people that said their dogs died after getting the shot. One lady said that 2 of her dogs died after the shot. The facts were that both dogs were over 13 years old, and they died 4 months after getting the shot. 1 had kidney failure, and 1 had liver failure. Where's the connection? No necropsy was done, but the owner and reporter made the assumption it must have been the shot. At the clinic I work at, we have given over 1000 Proheart 6 shots with one reaction. It was a skin rash. No deaths, but many dogs that didn't get heartworm. If you have trouble remembering to give a pill every month, the shot is the only way to go. It is so much safer than your dog not being protected against heartworm.
I ran into my vet this morning and asked him about the shot. He said that most people that come to him use the shot. And he also said he has never had an animal get any sort of reaction from it. And also he said that if it was such a bad thing he would never give it at his office.
When I worked at a vet clinic I asked about the shot vs. the pill. The vet I talked to said that she liked the pills better because they have the other worm meds in them also. The shot is only for heartworms, not for round or whip like the chews. I haven't heard anything negative about the shot until today other then it doesn't help against other parisites (sp). I would stick to the pills or chews. We give our dogs Heartgaurd+ they think they are great treats.
Uh....I give my dogs ivermectin that is sold in the feed stores as an injectable for swine...my Dobes weigh about 85,70,60 and 55 pounds respectively, and I give them each 1/2 cc by mouth and my vet approves of this method,even though he doesn't make a red cent off of it.....