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Old 01-12-2013, 01:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh My God,Now Iam Worried!!!!
Ill Go To The Vets On Monday Morning. I Read All This High TEch Vet Things here--We only have 6 vets--and they are the pits. very old fashion.

Really no suggestions on what needs done next for my little one--i will ask for the test/and i must pick out a med.
He Sold Me Heartguard-I Still have it/lotta good thats doing.
I WILL Make my choice this weekend/for sure. if something happened to my boy-I WOULD DIE*

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I edited my org post. didn't make sense....LOL

anyway don't worry, just get the quick test and then you will start him on his pills. we all do..good luck and btw, heartgard was rec by my Vet as well as Iverhart.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yup, lots of vets still sell Ivermectin for heartworm protection. But ours here do not because they've had too many of their client's doggies come in and test positive for heartworms despite being on Ivermectin. And these are clients who they trust to have given the meds on schedule. These vets insist on testing a minimum of once a year now because of this. My favorite vet who did Ivy's spay doesn't even charge for the annual heartworm test because he so wants to make sure every one of his dogs gets tested. He'd rather eat the expense himself than have one of his client's dogs who has been on heartworm preventative he sold them come in with an advanced case of heartworm disease that he can't cure. I love that vet...
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I did a little research on the internet and it does sound like Ivermectin resistance has become an issue.

What is shocking is that the FDA has warned Merial that they cannot continue to claim Heartguard is 100% effective after an alleged coverup conspiracy was discovered.

DogAware.com News Archive: Are Heartworms Developing Resistance to Preventatives?

DogAware.com News Archive: Heartworm Preventive Effectiveness

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Alleged Coverup at Pet Drug Firm Shows Why Office Conspiracies Don't Work - CBS News

Merial Limited 14-Aug-06

Have Dog Heartworms Become Resistant ?
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Hey, thanks guys for the heads up. I am going to speak to Vet about this. ASAP.
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OK You know the heartguard i bought from the vet and have been afraid to use==well its in the trash==that one is off my list for sure. i just knew not to use that. picked it many times and something would just make me say==not yet.

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Old 01-12-2013, 07:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Ivermectin is very effective against heartworms. In such tiny doses, it is well tolerated by most dogs even the collie breeds or those with liver problems.
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Thanks for the info Jackie, I have to find a replacement too and was trying to decide, I'm not sure what my vet carries thou.
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OK You know the heartguard i bought from the vet and have been afraid to use==well its in the trash==that one is off my list for sure. i just knew not to use that. picked it many times and something would just make me say==not yet.

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Please don't throw it out. If you read the articles I posted, Ivermectin resistance has mostly occurred in the Mississippi Valley area of the country. It may become more widespread eventually, but I wouldn't throw out the product you have now. At the very least, your vet would probably allow you to return it.

Is Yogi on any heartworm preventative now? Ivermectin is certainly better than no preventative at all.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:53 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Ivermectin is very effective against heartworms. In such tiny doses, it is well tolerated by most dogs even the collie breeds or those with liver problems.
Thank you so much for posting Jackie and the links provided from Marj. I just ordered my second Iverhart and my Vet never mentioned an issue (in our area) so thank you for the info.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:58 PM   #20 (permalink)
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OK You know the heartguard i bought from the vet and have been afraid to use==well its in the trash==that one is off my list for sure. i just knew not to use that. picked it many times and something would just make me say==not yet.

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I agree, don't toss it. its expensive. it will work for you, you just need the HW test first. Let us know what the tests says for Yogi. Good luck.
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