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oleyeller
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Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
i made a post a month or 2 ago because my lab had a seizure. She has had a few the past couple yrs and almost all have been after given heartworm medication (heartguard). Its time for the pill again and im afraid to give it to her because her last seizue was so bad. She hasnt had another one since the day i gave her the last pill the first of march. So do they have to have this pill? Are there safer alternatives? My vet is telling me it doesnt cause seizures (of course) but doing my research, heartworm meds are just pesticides, and i really believe it could be the cause of seizures, but i also dont want to stop and then her get heartworms and have a horrible death. Any suggestions?


Croacka
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
My dog is heart worm positive and the vet is blaming the heartgard as becoming less and less effective

She actually switched us to advantage multi, which is applied to the skin

You may want to try it as an alternative

My dog stays outside, so I think the preventative is necessary


Bamadiver
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
A preventative, particularly in the south, is a very good idea. However, if you don't trust your vet's word I'd go to another. FWIW, there is now a shot that can be given as opposed to the pill. At least heartworms are treatable now as opposed to years past.

Edit: Forgot to add, we switched from heartguard to the shot last year and our female turned up positive for heartworms last month when she was due for next shot. Turns out that there is a window equal to the hearworm gestation period (6 months) that can leave them open to getting them after the first shot. Male tested fine, young female will be switching shortly.
This post was edited on 4/8 at 9:45 am


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theBeard
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
My yellow lab is allergic to the beef flavoring in heartguard. He would not have seizures but he would vomit and have explosive squirts. We discontinued use after our discovery. We us an all in one flea and heartworm pill now.


MapGuy
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
talk to your vet about the time release shot


TIGERFANZZ
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
Get a second opinion, there are all kinds of different meds for HEARTWORM prevention & different vets have different practice procedures.
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oleyeller
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
what brand


SCwTiger
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
My dog had a seizure last year immediately after giving dose of Ivomec for heartworms. I let him out of his kennel and he was super excited running laps around the yard. Only seizure ever - just keep him in the kennel after you give it and don't let him run. He should be fine.

Do not stop heartworm medication, especially now that mosquitos are out.


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BRgetthenet
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
Advantage multi is the best.
Trifexis is good too. Heart and flea.


theBeard
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
usually buy a year at a time so hard to remember but I believe its called Trifexis


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oleyeller
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
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talk to your vet about the time release shot

how often do they get the shot


ThePenIsMightier
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
Any idea if the Advantage would solve the seizure problem? My lab has the exact same problem.


DeathValley85
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
Trifexis is the way to go ma man.


oleyeller
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
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Any idea if the Advantage would solve the seizure problem? My lab has the exact same problem.


no shit? what have you been doing


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mglsu21
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
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advantage multi, which is applied to the skin


This.

Even though advantage multi is expensive, it is heartworm and flea prevention in one topical solution. Put it on the neck of the dog so they cannot lick it. Usually dries within a couple of hours. Best product on the market IMO.


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oleyeller
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Down South
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
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Trifexis is the way to go ma man.


will check into it

just worried alot will have same main ingredient and she will seize again. Last one was real bad. But hasnt had one since, now its time for a pill and im anxious


TH03
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
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Trifexis is the way to go ma man.



This is what I use. I put it in her food on the first day of the month. Never had any issues.


TH03
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Dallas
Member since Dec 2008
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
I don't think a heartworm pill can cause a neurological problem, but I'm no expert.


Bamadiver
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
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just worried alot will have same main ingredient and she will seize again. Last one was real bad. But hasnt had one since, now its time for a pill and im anxious
Can't say it strongly enough. Get another vet who will take an open and analytical view.


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oleyeller
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Down South
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re: Do i need to give my dog heartworm prevention medication
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I don't think a heartworm pill can cause a neurological problem, but I'm no expert.


im not either, but from my research the pill has actual pesticide in it.. which i believe absolutely can cause it


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