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What do you use for your dogs heartworm treatment? Has anyone heard of Proheart 6, an injection every 6 months in place of a pill every month? It was suggested to me, but I am hesitant to try it after reading all the terrible deaths from Triflexis pills, which he was on and I took him off of it and my vet no longer uses it. Suggestions from my vet were Proheart 6, heartguard (pills monthly), Sentinel etc. Any information for a choice?Also, The triflexis he had been on also protected him from fleas, ticks and worms. (at what cost I ask?-illness-Death?), so I would like to know some Natural treatment for ticks and fleas. Never saw either on him, but he needs some protection. Appreciate the members input on this. Thanks for helping.
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We use Heartguard Plus with no problems.



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I don't give my dogs heartworm preventative. It seems way too toxic and its not even full proof. I do have them tested regularly however.
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My Popi uses Revolution on me once a month. It is a liquid that is applied between my shoulder blades. It is a full spectrum treatment guarding against fleas, ticks, heartworm and a bunch of other nasty things. My Vet recommended this treatment but it requires a prescription.

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I've been using Heartguard Plus since Interceptor got taken off the market. It's the only one my vet recommends. I do it every 45 days.

I toyed with not giving it but if your dog gets it, the downside of them getting it was worse than given the pill every month. IMO

I would never do anything that lasted longer than a month because if your dog has a reaction to it, you are screwed.....





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My feeling is that I want to use the least toxic, least complicated medications/preventative possible on my dog. I don't want to mix several different chemicals that treat several different problems, and I want them to be as short-acting as possible.

Here's why. First if you are giving several different chemicals (or vaccines) at the same time, and the dog has a reaction, how do you know which one caused the problem? Do you then avoid all of them from that point on, or do you take a chance guessing at which one was the culprit? Second, the more you double up on different chemicals/vaccines at the same time, the more LIKELY it is that you will overload your dog's system and cause a reaction, when they might not have had one if each ingredient had been given separately, with time for the body to recover in between. Those are the reasons I don't use combined treatment options.

I don't use long-term treatments, because if my dog DOES have a bad reaction, I want the chemical to clear my dog's system as quickly as possible. You are in for a long haul if you've given your dog a chemical with a half-life of 6 months, and it causes them harm!

So I choose treatments are have the longest track-record of use as possible (I don't jump on the band-wagon for new treatments). I choose treatments with the fewest ingredients possible, and I choose short-acting over long acting.

In terms of Heartworm specifically, I use Heartgard, every 6 weeks rather than monthly (as suggested by my veterinarian, BTW) and only for the part of the year that temperatures are warm enough for mosquitoes to pass on the disease. (this will vary depending on where you live) You start one month after the first date of possible infection, and continue until one month AFTER the LAST date of possible infection, as Heartworm meds work by killing off microfillaria present in the dog's system. They do NOT prevent infection.

Then, when I have to use flea/tick treatments, I make sure that I apply them at least one week before or after giving the Heartgard. That way, if there IS a reaction, I know what caused it.


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Gee, as isso often the case, Linda and I posted essentially the same thing. I, too, used Interceptor as long as it was available (I even stock-piled it so I got to use it for a year longer than most people. ) It seems it's unlikely that we'll ever see it back on the market again now. I was nervous about switching to Heartgard, but so far, knock on wood, no problems.


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Thank you all so much for a fast reply. 1fung5, I didn't really think about the reaction during the 6 month period, (30 days IS better), a big thanks for the nudge to research each drug for this heartworm problem through. Again, the members are the best resource to help out when you need any information about havs etc. A Big Hug to all from my guy Reilly.
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Karen..thank you so much for your information. Looks like Heartguard is for us at this point. As I live in sw florida, where mosquitoes love it also, the choice would be year round, but I will check with my vet. We really have not had a tick problem in our area so I am not too concerned with them, just keeping checking his skin and coat when I brush and comb him daily. As for fleas, well, never had any either, so maybe I will just keep an eye out and if they ever appear I can deal with them at that time. This way Reilly only has to have meds for heartworm...I feel better already thank you again Karen.
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Karen, you explained it much better than I did. I will also skip months of heart gard if the temperatures are cold. I don't skip the frontline only because I notice if it warms up just for 1 day, the ticks are out full force. I hate those nasty little critters!





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