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Question:Which Heart Worm Medicine Is Safest For A Boston Terrior Dog Who Has Liver Disease And Taking S-adenosyl-l-methionine 200mg Since 2014. I Would Like A Second Opinion Please. She Ate Something Toxic And Was Treated 2014 But Blood Tests Continue To Show Liver Values Still Higher Than Normal But Stable. The Biopsy In 2014 Did Not Show Anything. Vet Said Maybe Needle Gage Was Too Small So Not Enough Tissue Was Taken.
Answer:All Of These Meds Have Potential Liver Toxicity No Matter What So The Old Adage, Pick Your Poison Truly Applies. Heartguard Has Been Around The Longest And May Be Worth A Look. You Can Also Look Into Herbal Heartworm Prevention From Biovance Company On The Website Www.fiestapetdeli.com
Question:My Vet Has Prescribed My Dog 1 Heartgard Pill Every Week For The Treatment Of Heartworms. He Was 8 Months Old When We Adopted Him And Found Out That He Has This. What Is The Percentage Rate Of Effectiveness This Cure May Have?
Answer:I Have Not Heard Of Dosing Heartworm Pills Like This. It Is Usually Done Once Monthly. Some Dogs Will Gradually Clear The Infection With This "slow Kill" Way Of Treating The Heartworms, But Is Not As Ideal As The Approved Few Dose Immiticide Treatment That You Can Ask Your Vet About. I Dont Have Percentages On Slow Kill But It Works In Some And Not In Others
Question:I Am Being Told By The Vet I Just Recently Started Seeing That It Is A Requirement To Have A Physical Along With The Heartworm Blood Test To Get Heartworm Medication. I Have Had Dogs For 24 Years Now And I Have Never Had To Have A Physical And The Blood Test. The Blood Test Was The Only Requirement. Has The Requirements Changed Or Is The Vet Trying To Get More Money Out Of Me?
Answer:The American Veterinary Heartworm Society Does Recommend Annual Testing Of Dogs For Heartworms Before Renewing Medication
Question:I Have A 4 Year Old Male Australian Shepherd. I Am Considering Flea And Tick Prevention, But I Am Concerned With Giving Him Ivermectin. I Know His Breed Can Be Very Sensitive To It And Get Sick. He Already Takes Heartworm Prevention Pills And Seems To Be Doing Okay. What Would You Recommend For Flea Prevention? Personally, I Don't Like The Topicals Because I Myself Have To Be Careful With Meds I Am Around, And Some Of Them Say Not To Touch The Dog After Application, And I Don't Want To Make Myself Sick, Either. Thank You.
Answer:You Can Try Oral Nexguard, Which Should Not Be A Problem, But Check With Your Local Vet. This Product Also Needs Prescription
Question:Hello, Our Companion Is Roughly Three Years Old. She Is A Rescued Dog. She Suffers From A Deep Cough That Often Leads To Gagging. The Episodes Typically Last About A Minute And Only Seem To Occur In The Morning Or When She Is Playing. Boo Is Alert And Active. We Have Taken Her To The Vet A Couple Of Times. They Have Checked Her For Heartworm And Other Parasites. All Tests Came Back Negative. Lungs Are Clear. We Have Been Giving Her Antihistamine At The Recommendation Of The Vet. She Thought Boo Might Be Allergic To Something, But This Has Not Helped. She Has Been Suffering From The Issue For Nearly Eight Weeks. The Only Thing We Have Not Tried, Antibiotics. Any Guidance Would Be Greatly Appreciated. Thank You. Anil
Answer:May Be Worth A Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Trial With A Prescription Medication Like Doxycycline Or Baytril, Which Your Vet May Choose To Prescribe. You May Want To Ask For A Course Of The Anti Cough Antiallergy Medication Known As Temaril P For A Few Weeks, Which Also May Help And I Would Consider Worming For Hidden Worms With Panacure C From 1800petmeds, , As Parasites Are Not Always Found On Stool Check If Signs Persist Or Worsen, I Would Recommend X Rays Of Trachea And Chest, As Well As Consider Possibility Of Asking For Referral To Vet Specialist Internist In Your Area Who Can Do Transtracheal Wash Or Scoping Of Airways If Needed
Question:Hi, Im Really Worried. I Recently Got A Pug Puppy And I Was Letting Him Go The Toilet Outside. He Always Picks Something Up For Me To Chase Him, I Noticed He Picked Something Up And Went Near Him An Got It, It Was A Leaf But It Had A Slug On & I Dont Know If He Has Caught Anything From This. Im Really Worried. Can You Help?
Answer:I Would Not Worry. Make Sure Pet Is On Good Once Monthly Heartworm Medication Which Also Treats And Prevents Other Worms.
Question:In The Western Half Of Washington State, We Do Not Have A Heartworm Problem. It Is Only If We Travel With Out Pets Out Of This Region That We Need To Get Heartworm Medicine. So, Unless We Travel Again, We Do Not Need That Medicine For Schumacher Or Wendy.
Answer:Not Sure Your Question. I Would Use Heartworm Medication Monthly During The Areas That You Travel Which Have Heartworms In Warmer Seasons
Question:Border Collie / Australian Cattle Mix Had Seizures Within A Day Of Giving Her Comboguard (spinosad, Milbemycin, Oxime). Vet Switched Her To Quadriguard (ivermectin, Pyrentel Pamoate, Praziquantel) And Seizures Went Away. Also Switched To 1800petmeds Brand Iverhart Max (ivermectin, Pyrantel Pamoate, Praziquantel) And Still No Seizures. Now, Iverhart Max Apparently Isn't Manufacturing Anymore. So What Do I Switch To? I've Read About Collies Having A Multi Drug Gene Mutation Issue, But It Seems Ivermectin Is The Main Drug That Dogs With The Gene Problem Interact To. I've Also Read That Spinosad Heartworm Drugs Can Be Too Much On Their System, So Perhaps Switching Off Comboguard Originally Into The Quadriguard Topical Flea Simple Guard Was The True Reason Seizures Went Away? I'm Just At A Loss As To What To Do Here. Thank You!
Answer:You May Want To Try Just Interceptor Without The Spinosad. You Can Also Try Herbal Heartworm Prevention Meds. See The Product On The Website Www.fiestapetdeli.com Which Is Made By Biovance
Question:Hello, I Have A Shih Tzu-yorkie Mix Who Is Very Picky And Eats About 1 Cup Of Food A Day (we Leave 1 And 1/3 Cups Out For Her Each Day), Is Very Active, And In My Opinion, Underweight; She Weighs 9 Pounds. I Want Her To Gain Weight With Food I Can Buy At A Store That Makes Her Gain Weight But Is Also Easy On Her Stomach, Since She Has A Sensitive Tummy. Do You Have Any Recommendations? If There Is A Food That Makes Her Hungrier As Well As Gain Weight, That Would Be Great Too. Also She Is Not Feeling Well Today. She Is Very Sleepy And Is Following Me Around, Something She Does Only When She's Scared. There Are No Loud Noises Around (that Scares Her) And She Hasn't Shown Any Symptoms Besides Looking Like She May Throw Up And Being Sleepy And Scared. We Have Aspirin And Kaopectate On Hand, So If You Think I Should Use That, That'd Be Great. What Do You Suggest? She Is Sleeping Now And I Won't Let Our Energetic Puppy Near Her :) Thanks
Answer:Sounds Like She Needs Full Veterinary Exam And Evaluation, Including Stool Check For Parasites, Blood Heartworm Test And/or Metabolic Blood Screening To Look For Potential Underlying Causes Of Behaviors And/or Chronic Weight Issues, Etc. Based On That Workup, Then A Specific Diet Can Be Recommended. On Pets Like This, I Like To Supplement Them With A Good Quality Digestive Enzyme Like Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds, As Well As A Good Quality Omega 3 Fatty Acid Such As Nordic Naturals Pet Omega 3
Question:Can A Dog Take Fenbendazole Being Heartworm Positive?
Answer:Yes This Is Usually Not A Problem
Question:How Offen Is Ur Dog Need Heartworm Medicine? My Dog Is 3 Years Old N Has All His Update Shots
Answer:Usually Heartworm Is Given Once Monthly. Most Areas Of Country Are Recommending Year Round Heartworm Prevention Because Of Other Health Benefits, However In Northern 2/3 Of Country, Heartworm Transmission Season Is Still 4 To 5 Months
Question:I Adopted My Min Pin In The Last Of April 2016 And Found Out She Had Heartworms So The Vet Put Her On Heartworm Medication Treatment Plan Well That They Left The First Month And And They Replaced Her With Another Vet Which Is Fine But He's Not Following The Treatment Plan That She Had Printed Out For My Dog Which Was A Three-month Injection Of Melarsomine ( Once A Month) Among Other Medication. The News That Only Gave Her Two One For June And One For July And Then I Had Her Tested The First Of August And It Came Back Positive So He Told Me Just To Wait A Month And Then Check Her Again. She Has Been On Heartworm Medication Also Since The Last Of April. My Concern Is Having To Wait A Whole Month And Not Having Any More Injections But She Is On Heartworm Medication Still So I Don't Understand Why The Wait And How That Will Take Care Of The Heartworms If They Were Still There In The First Place? Also She Was Never Crossed My Mind So I Have Brought It Home The Same Day And Have Kept Her Crated And Wouldn't Let Her Out If I Good Watch Her And Keep Her Quiet, Took Her Out To The Bathroom On A Leash Even Though I Have A Fenced-in Yard I Wanted To Keep Her From Running. She Is Eating And Drinking Well And After A While Started Playing With Toys And With Me.
Question:I Adopted My Min Pin In The Last Of April 2016 And Found Out She Had Heartworms So The Vet Put Her On Heartworm Medication Treatment Plan But She Left The First Month And They Replaced Her With Another Vet Which Is Fine But He's Not Following The Treatment Plan That She Had Printed Out For My Dog Which Was A Three-month Injection Of Melarsomine ( Once A Month) Among Other Medication. The New Vet Only Gave Her Two One For June And One For July And Then I Had Her Tested The First Of August And It Came Back Positive So He Told Me Just To Wait A Month And Then Check Her Again. She Has Been On Heartworm Medication Also Since The Last Of April. My Concern Is Having To Wait A Whole Month And Not Having Any More Injections But She Is On Heartworm Medication Still So I Don't Understand Why The Wait And How That Will Take Care Of The Heartworms If They Were Still There In The First Place? Also She Was Never Hospitalized And I Brought Her Home The Same Day And Have Kept Her Crated And Would Let Her Out If I Could Watch Her And Keep Her Quiet, Took Her Out To The Bathroom On A Leash Even Though I Have A Fenced-in Yard I Wanted To Keep Her From Running And Getting Too Excited. She Is Eating And Drinking Well Since I First Got Her And After A While Started Playing With Toys And With Me. She Is 10 Years Old I Was Told. I Already Sent One Letter But This Is A Revised Letter Because I Needed To Edit Some Of My Errors. I Would Appreciate Your Input About This Thank You Very Much Sincerely
Answer:I Would Ask For A Consult With Veterinary Internist Or Cardiologist Specialist In Your Area, To See If Proper Workup Has Been Done On Your Dog, In Order To Stage The Degree Of Heartworm Damage And Infection. By Assessing The Stage Of Disease, The Appropriate Treatment Plan Can Be Implemented, Which Will Vary Depending On The Workup
Question:I Adopted My Dog From The Shelter And They Prescribe His Hw Medicine. It Would Be Easier To Have It Mail Ordered From You. How Do I Go About Doing That?
Answer:You Will Need Written Or Faxed Script From Your Local Veterinarian To 1800petmeds To Fill Your Heartworm Prescription Meds Here
Question:Is There A Over The Counter Heart Worm Medicine That Doesn't Require A Rx Prescription? I Love My Cats But Can't Afford To Take Them To The Vet All The Time. I Want The Best Care I Can Give Them But Can't Afford The High Vet Cost.
Answer:I Personally Dont Feel That Cats Need Heartworm Medicine In My Experience And Opinion. You Can Look For Herbal Heartworm Alternatives At Www.fiestapetdeli.com Which Has Company Called Biovance Which Has Natural Products