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03-20-2014 10:22 AM
Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
We are an only "Made in the USA" family to. I spend more time reading ingredients for my dogs then myself
If it does not specifically STATE that all ingredients are USA sourced, they do not HAVE to put ingredients originating from China on the label. For example, most vitamins and essentially all taurine added to pet foods are from China. They also don't have to label fish or chicken caught/slaughtered in US and sent do China for processing. [I can get sending the fish over there but the chicken? But it is licensed that way}
03-20-2014 09:36 AM
Originally Posted by maxdog630 View Post
I know heart worm is another story - I just don't know which medication to get.
HW products are RX, so ultimately this is a conversation to have with your vet. I went into my last vet appointment with a spreadsheet that compared various options -- but I have special concerns (I foster lots of dogs who come to me with worms, so I want mine on a HW med that also prevents hooks and whips; I'm also in an area where ivermectin resistance appears to be possibly emerging--the considerations I have are not ones most consumers have).

For most people in most of the country, ivermectin-based products would likely be the most common, least expensive choice (oldest and most widely used preventative) -- Heartgard, Iverhart, Pet Trust, etc. They tend to contain the same amount of ivermectin as an active ingredient, in a chew or a flavor tab. Heartgard sold through vets may have a guarantee (meaning they pay for treatment if the dog gets HW and you've been on year-round preventative, properly testing); you pay considerably less for the same active ingredient with one of the generics like Iverhart and Pet Trust (but you may not get that same guarantee).

Pet Trust Plus is sold through Walmart Pharmacy with your vet's RX for about $5/mo. ($30/6 mo.):
Why PetTrust Plus? | PetTrust Plus
03-19-2014 11:23 AM
LaRen616 I use NexGard and HeartGard
03-19-2014 11:12 AM
maxdog630 I'm trying not to research online because its difficult to sort out the "truths". What do you suggest as a heartworm preventative? Yes, my dog will be two soon and I have not used anything yet. I have had her tested but I'm just unsure which medication is the safest. I've never done flea topicals either and to be honest I really don't plan on it. I just spray some of the mosquito repellant that we use on a paper towel and wipe her down a bit... I know heart worm is another story - I just don't know which medication to get.
03-11-2014 11:06 PM
Originally Posted by TAR HEEL MOM View Post
I think I'm gonna need a tick preventative and I REFUSE to use a Preventic collar. I still have a month of Trifexis left, but my vet and I agreed that a switch might be in order.
I've been hearing good things about Vectra3D locally for ticks (and fleas). You'd still need a HW preventative, but it's an option for the other. It's only available from vets.
03-11-2014 09:54 PM
TAR HEEL MOM I am considering switching to Nexgard and also using Heartguard Plus with it. I currently use Trifexis for both of mine. I have never had a tick issue, but have already taken one OUT of Tar's neck (buried head) and found three deer ticks crawling on Jocassee when we came out of the woods last weekend. Every dog that has come into the shelter this winter has still had fleas, and we have gotten several dogs in with multiple ticks. They are really bad this year already. I think I'm gonna need a tick preventative and I REFUSE to use a Preventic collar. I still have a month of Trifexis left, but my vet and I agreed that a switch might be in order.
02-23-2014 07:35 PM
MissLilyBean I use Advantix II and Heartguard. I thought about switching to Sentinel before (because it'd save me about $120 a year). I can't recall exactly why, but I ended up sticking with what I know. I vaguely remember finding something about Sentinel's effectiveness not being up to par with the others.

Of course, I live in an area where fleas don't have a season and dogs basically have a 100% chance of getting heartworms if left out for more than 5 minutes without protection.

Have you asked your vet what they would suggest?
02-23-2014 03:42 PM
Chip18 More digging maybe helpful this time? News Archive: Heartworm Preventive Effectiveness
02-23-2014 03:36 PM
Originally Posted by Magwart View Post
I'm shifting away from Ivermectin-based HW meds because I have the misfortune of being in an area where a recent university study at Auburn confirmed what has long been rumored: there's an ivermectin-resistant form of HW developing in the Mississippi delta. Resistance is supposedly still very rare, but I keep running into people whose dog's tested + after being on an ivermectin-based product. That could be a compliance issue (missing a dose, believing misinformed internet advice that it's not necessary year round, or believing nonsense posted on some website that you can do it just every few months), or it could be a resistance issue...who knows.

Advantage Multi is supposed to be the only one the study found absolutely no resistance to (yet) that's what we're shifting to. Having taken two through HW treatment, I never want to do it again.

Heartworm drug resistance: It's real - VIN
Hmm well I had to do it! I have used Heartworm myself without issues for years but...
Ivermectin in Heartworm Prevention Medicines for Collie Breeds - Safety with the MDR1 Gene Mutation

Not taking a stand here just putting it out there.
02-23-2014 03:26 PM
Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
Topicals can cause skin issues with some dogs.
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