Discussion in 'Dog Health Care' started by Squishy22, Sep 25, 2009.
Now, I am curious what kind I have....
Read it once before and I dont remember.
I didn't read all the replies but I am going through the same thing with Hannah right now.
I've never had a flea problem before and I hope I never have one AGAIN! Fleas normally leave behind tapeworms which Hannah now has. GRR! Frontline is not working for me anymore.
Today we went to the vet they did a fecal float but found no tapeworm eggs. But since I saw them they gave me Drontal Plus which I gave today and then will have to give again in 3 weeks. It costs $8.64 per pill (I needed 3). They also gave me a different type of flea preventative called Promeris and Revolution for my cats.
Did I mention how much I hate fleas?!?!?
I highly recommend revolution. I've used it for dogs and cats. Works very well.
I used frontline on my dog this month, because I could not find a vet that had revolution. It was a last ditch effort to get rid of these fleas. The first few days he still had the **** fleas. For some odd reason I cant find a flea on him now . So I guess its working for the time being. But next month I am switching back to revolution since I found a vet that carries it, THANK GOD.
Fleas are easier to get rid of off your dogs than getting them out of your home. If you have a flea problem, I highly suggest treating your home with foggers, spray, and powder as well.
be VERY cautious about the promeris. so far i have heard nothing but bad about it. I lost two dogs (clients) this summer due to promeris. and three that i know of have had to stay a couple of nights at the vet hospital due to the promeris. Also there are reports of a great dane rescue that used it, almost all of the dogs had reactions ranging from tremors, to the runs!
Promeris has worked fine at our clinic, we've not had any reactions that we know of to it. However we try to lead people towards Advantage/Frontline just because they're tried and true. We do sell Promeris though.
Yah, your vet should probably be talking about heart worm preventative. Does she at least test for heart worms?
No. The ONLY way for a dog to get heart worms is from a mosquito. The mosquito is required for the heart worm larvae (microfilaria) to develop into the stage necessary to infect the dog. Even if you take the microfilarids straight out of one dog and inject them IV into another dog, that dog won't develop heart worms because those microfilarids haven't passed through their intermediate host and aren't at the stage where they can even develop any further.
Trade name for pyrantel (or one of them at least) is Strongid. And it is indeed a very good wormer. But most HW preventatives are also good wormers in and of themselves.
If I had a choice I would use nothing. While using the Frontline I would only reapply every 45 days and I don't use preventative during the winter. I applied the Promeris last night and Hannah is still standing hopefully the fleas aren't! I've never had this issue before and I'm kind of at wits end. I rent and my apt has carpet so I need to nip this issue in the butt before we are infested. I still can't understand how we got fleas in the first place! I do have a roommate that brings her dogs to other peoples homes when she dog sits and that's the only thing that is different this year.
I did buy this powder for the apt it costs $20 a bottle. I've found some more natural (and cheaper) ways to go about it online. I'm not having issues with fleas jumping out of the carpet but just because I don't see them doesn't mean they are not there. You wouldn't even know any of my critters have fleas they don't scratch themselves!
Yeah, thats kind of scary.
I got Strongid wormer from my trainer for my last foster pup and it worked.
Are cats supposed to get heartworm vaccinations too? I'm not sure if mine have gotten shots for it. Guess it's time to pull out the old records . . .
Preventative. Though you can get an injectable heart worm prevention.
And if you're really worried about it, you can give it to cats. Revolution is one example of HW prevention for cats.
Thing about cats is, one, they're less likely over all to get it. Two, if they do get it, there's few ways we can tell since our antigen tests don't work with cats and they're relatively asymptommatic. Three, there's no easy way to diagnose it in a cat other than 'Oh man, my cat suddenly died! Let's do a necropsy!"
For the most part, it's a non-issue in the feline variety. Heart worms in cats is a relatively new phenomenon (like we just saw it first happen in the last 40 years or so).
Thanks for the info, GO. It sounds like my cats aren't at much risk, then. (They're indoor cats, only go out once in a while on leash and harness.)
Well while I believe that heart worm prevention for cats is unnecessary, I just want to point out that a lot of 'indoor animals' still get heart worms. It only takes one mosquito to inject them, and just opening the door around here allows mosquitoes in.
i get bit by mosquitoes in my house all the time