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Hi all,

I tried to purchase Heartgard plus from 1800 petmeds, but now they state they need a prescription. I called my vet, they won't call Petmeds, but will write out a prescription, which will be ready after work.

The problem is that we are going camping in two weeks (Memorial Day weekend) and Maximus will be do for his next pill. The vet gave us a sample, which is the only time he's taken it.

I only plan on giving him the Heartgard while it's warmer out and the mosquitos are out.

Has anyone dealt with any of the online Canada pharmacies in the past that they would recommend? I won't have time to send the Rx to Petmeds and get them delivered in two weeks... and I can't afford the $18 a pill the vet wants...

Thanks!
 

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I don't know any place that would sell it without a prescription. If you vet has that kind of policy that you must get all stuff from them I would find another vet.
My vet sells products at comparitable prices so I do get a lot of stuff from her.
 

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Why don't you ask your vet if they will price-match the 1-800 Pet Meds price? (Hint: KV Supply is usually cheaper than 1-800 Pet Meds.) My vet will price-match most things, but I've been using them for the last 15+ years.
 

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I read somewhere that if you purchase heartworm medication from the vet, and the dog gets heartworm, the manufacturer would cover the medical expenses.

Has anyone else heard this?
 

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I read somewhere that if you purchase heartworm medication from the vet, and the dog gets heartworm, the manufacturer would cover the medical expenses.

Has anyone else heard this?
Yes. There are so many fraudulent products out there you really have to be careful. If my vets prices weren't good I'd buy else where aas long as it was a reputable company.
 

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The vet is writing a prescription, so that's not a problem. Just trying to get it filled reasonably within 2 weeks is the issue. I saw Petdrugs recommended too, but again, most likely take a couple of weeks to be deliverd.

The assistant said the vet said they won't call PetMeds as they don't recommend purchasing from them as they get their supplies from a 3rd party supplier and are not an authorized reseller... I haven't looked into that yet.

I'll figure something out :)
 

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If your vet can send it directly to Drs Fosters & Smith it should only take a few days.
 

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check out Pet Supplies | Dog & Cat Supplies, Pet Meds | DrsFosterSmith.com Pet Products

Reputable company, USA based, shipping is free for orders over $49 for ground shipping. Usually takes 5-7 days standard shipping.




The vet is writing a prescription, so that's not a problem. Just trying to get it filled reasonably within 2 weeks is the issue. I saw Petdrugs recommended too, but again, most likely take a couple of weeks to be deliverd.

The assistant said the vet said they won't call PetMeds as they don't recommend purchasing from them as they get their supplies from a 3rd party supplier and are not an authorized reseller... I haven't looked into that yet.

I'll figure something out :)
 

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btw, I see you live in N.C. I would suggest you give heartguard year round.

Since we don't really get hard freezes, ponds and such stay open all year round, it only takes one of those 2-3 day warm spells we get in the winters here in the south to reactivate mosquitos.


It's one of those better safe then sorry things and the active ingredient in heartguard (ivermectin) has been used long term in dogs for quite a few years now with few problems.
 

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If you don't mind switching from Heartguard to Iverhart (generic form of the exact same ingredient), Iverhart Max at KV Supply costs less thanr $30 for 6 pills (under $5/pill), including shipping:
https://www.kvsupply.com/iverhart-max-for-dogs-50.1-to-100-pounds-6-ct

Last time I ordered from KV on a Sunday, I put the written RX in the mail to them the next day (on Monday), and by Thursday, they were already mailing out my meds. I think I had them in hand the following Monday. It was very quick.

Alternatively, you could have the vet write out the RX for PetTrust Plus instead of Heartguard Plus. Again, it's supposed to have the same ingredients: How it Compares | PetTrust Plus . You can fill that at your local Walmart Pharmacy or Sam's Club Pharmacy-- call them for pricing, but I believe it's around $30 for 6 months, possibly less. Details are here: Where to Buy | PetTrust Plus

ETA: I totally agree with keeping your dog on it year round in the South! Trust me, if $18/pill at your vet's office for HW preventative is giving you pause, the cost of HW treatment will really upset you -- $1,000 is pretty typical.
 

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Could you just buy one dose from your vet to get you through your trip? Also, heartworm prevention meds actually work for 45 days (my vet verified this when we were waiting for meds in the mail). Now, I only give it every 45 days.
 

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I remember my vet saying the Interceptor worked for 45 days, even though we had been giving it to Joey every 30 days.
 

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I agree with the others about giving it year round. I also thought it was okay to stop over winter, but we were living in N Louisiana, and that was a huge mistake. My weim tested positive. The bill was $800. Ouch! But my guilt and heartache hurt so much worse.

She's fine now, but that was a long three (or was it six...hmm, it was a few years ago...) months after the treatment, keeping her calm and not getting to run around and play at full tilt. No zoomies :(
 

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Thanks for all the info! I've been going back and forth on giving it to him all year, but sounds like I should for his sake.

I checked out the KV site and I'll try and order from them. With the Rx the vet give me, can I get either the Heartgard or Iverhart? Both are reasonably priced, but the $108 plus tax for 6 pills for a 25-50lb dog at the vet was a bit much.

Max is getting his Rabbies shot in 2 weeks (few days before our trip) and I'll see if I can purchase one if needed then.
 

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I would definitely give it full year there! Does the vet have any concern about the gap in coverage already? When we moved from Asheville to the Charlotte area, I stuck with my winter gap in HW coverage and wound up with heartworm infected dogs. Never again will I let a dog miss even one month of HW

Your pup is at the weight range for the adult dose yet? For Beau we got quite a few months of single pills at the vet until we got to the right size.
 

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Ck walmart, if the scrip is written out for Heartguard that is the only thing you'll be able to use it for.

Here, walmart 6 month supply for 51-100lb dog is 59.00.

I'm assuming it's cheaper for the lighter weight.
 

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Drs Foster and Smith will fax a request to your vet. I've been doing that the last couple years and have no problems. They even send me a reminder email that it's time to get more, and I just have them send a new request for a script. Very easy. Usually have a good sale too.
 

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Or... just use injectable ivermectin from your feed store. Oral dose .1cc per 10lbs of bodyweight every 30 days. It'll control your hookworms, roundworms, whips, and heartworms.

So much easier, no prescription required.
 

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Do you have a Costco or Sam's club card? I got Heartgard at Costco pharmacy for my 55# GSD a couple of months ago, forgot the exact price, it was around $40 for 6 pills, and they can get it ready while you shop.
 
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