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Interceptor out of stock...what now?

Any recommendations on a new heartworm preventative?

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I use heartgard plus. They are chewable and Whimsy thinks they are the best treat in the whole world when I give her one once per month.

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We switched to Heartgard.


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I haven't decided what to do yet. I knew about the problem early enough that I was able to get enough that by stretching it out to every 6 weeks (as recommended by the vet) I can get us through to early Oct. I am crossing my fingers that they are manufacturing again by then.


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Our breeder recommends Interceptor as well but I just found out about this shortage - yikes. We pick up our puppy tomorrow (he will be 9 weeks old). From what I have been told, we won't need to start heart worm meds until 4 months old - right?

If so, according to what I am reading online, Interceptor should be back in stock by then (they are saying August).

Out of curiosity - we used to give our old dog Sentinel for heart worm and flea protection. Any reason not to use Sentinel instead of Interceptor?
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Don't have a suggestion about alternatives, and am ok on Interceptor for now. Fortunately a friend had 2 14 year old collies (littermates) die recently and she gave me their Interceptor which I break down. Don't do this unless you are sure you know what you are doing. I have 2 collies and a few shelties that unless you've MDR1 tested them, you don't ever give them Ivermectin. I hadn't tested any because Interceptor doesn't contain that.
I also give it almost at 6 week intervals,
I begin my puppies on it at 2 months. We've mostly had spring or summer puppies and live below the Mason- Dixon.

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I'm a bit lost.

So heartworm medication is suppose to be a routine thing?

I though doggies get them a few times when they are puppies and then they don't need it anymore?

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I'm a bit lost.

So heartworm medication is suppose to be a routine thing?

I though doggies get them a few times when they are puppies and then they don't need it anymore?
Those are another type of worm. Here's the whole scoop. Two parts. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com...s-and-profits/

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I agree with everything in that link Dave. The first thing I asked my vet when she asked if I wanted heartworm meds, years ago when it first came out was,..."How many cases of heartworm infestation have come into this office". She replied none. She knows better than to try and push drugs on me and never mentioned it ever again.


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I am from So CAL, and now live in Western North Carolina, in CA we did not need to use Heartworm prevention, where I live now in the summer months it is hot and humid we have a creek and a small swamp near by so we must use it. Tapeworms are also common here even on dogs who use flea protection, over half of the dogs going in to rescue here test postive for Heartworms, the only good news is up to date Vets do not treat it in the old way, they do it over a longer period of time with less poison, in the old days many of the dogs would die from the treatment. I do not treat in early spring part of fall or winter months.

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