flea and heartworm advice
What do you recommend for flea and heartworm prevention? Was doing fine on trifexis last year but negative reviews steered me away,dont know what to try now? We live in Buffalo NY,
We have never used any combos.
K9 Advantix for fleas and ticks, Heartguard for hw.
I am using Frontline plus and Heartgard. Heartgard is relatively new to me, but so far, so good.
Advantage Multi is a topical that gets all the same critters as Trifexis, at a few dollars cheaper per month. Since it's a topical, it's less convenient (you get the greasy, stinky spot on the shoulders for a few days). It's quite effective, as long as you take care to apply it to the skin (not the hair).
In your area up North, do you need flea protection year round? If not, since HW is needed year round everywhere according to AHS, why not separate them? Use a good flea stuff in the warm months only (FYI, Vectra 3D is getting rave reviews from friends, and it gets ticks too, which Adv. Multi and Trifexis don't).
Then pick a heartworm preventative -- you could do the 6 month injection (Proheart 6) for convenience, or use Heartguard or a generic equivalent all year long (e.g., Iverhart Max has the same ingredient to prevent HW (ivermectin) as Heartguard, and it's $28/6 pills at KVsupply.com; Pet Trust is another generic for Heartguard that costs $30/6 pills at local Walmart pharmacies). Compare that to around $90/6 months for Advantage Multi from KV Supply, and you'll save a chunk of change by not wasting money to treat fleas that aren't around during the winter.
Just take a look at the AHS homepage to see who sponsors this nonsense.
FYI...You need 57 degree temps or higher for 2 weeks CONSECUTIVELY, day and night - 24/7, any drop below interrupts the HW cycle in the mosquito. It takes approx. 4months for it to migrate from the dermis into the blood. So if you treat every three months, you can kill it, but not until AFTER you have hit the noted temps.
Prevent mosquito bites - eucalyptus essential oil. Run few drops between your hands and fluff into the fur.
Hey Gator, Got this from a a WSU report
A climate that provides adequate temperature and humidity to support a viable mosquito population, and also sustain sufficient heat to allow maturation of ingested microfilariae to infective, third-stage larvae (L3) within this intermediate host is a pivotal prerequisite for heartworm transmission to occur. Laboratory studies indicate that development and maturation requires the equivalent of a steady 24-hour daily temperature in excess of 64°F (18°C) for approximately one month. Intermittent diurnal declines in temperature below the developmental threshold of 57°F (14°C) for only a few hours retard maturation, even when the average daily temperature supports continued development. At 80° F (27° C), 10 to 14 days are required for development of microfilariae to the infective stage. The length of the heartworm transmission season in the temperate latitudes is critically dependent on the accumulation of sufficient heat to incubate larvae to the infective stage in the mosquito.
Take that AHS!
Here is Dr Dodd's recommendation...
Year Round Heartworm Preventive
May - October Heartworm Preventive
W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843
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