What do you use for your dog's flea & tick/heartworm medication?

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  1. LabLover95

    LabLover95 New Member

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    Hi!
    I'd just like to know what you use for your dog's flea & tick/heartworm medication. I myself used to use a combination of Heartguard and Frontline, but when we had a flea problem and the Frontline wasn't doing its job, I switched to Trifexis (about 6 months - 1 year ago). However, I'm hearing a lot of horror stories about Trifexis on the net and especially on Facebook. I'd really like to hear your opinion on this - is it just hype or is there a real danger?
    Thanks so much!
     
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    Half of everything I have personally heard about Trifexis was bad. That worries me a bit, but you know, statistics might make it safer than others.

    I just use bug off garlic and liquid Ivomec for flea/tick/heartworm.
     
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    This is what I use sometimes adding DE, unless we actually get a bad case of fleas, then I will go ahead and use frontline or similar for a bit to help combat that.
     
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    Sentry fiproguard plus I use a natural repellant spray before we go in the woods and liquid ivermec. We're overrun around here with ticks though.
     
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    I get Advantix for Logan free through IAADP. I get Frontline for Gavroche and Heartgard for both dogs free through Merial at work (benefits of working in a vet clinic!). So that's what I use.

    If I could get Trifexis for free like I do the other stuff, that it what I would use, because I HATE topicals. I did get 6 months worth free for the dogs last year, and so I used it for 6 months, and I had NO problems at all. We have probably over half our clients on it at work, and they have been on it for over a year. The only side effect I've heard reported is vomiting, and that mostly happens when people don't give it with a meal. We don't recommend it for dogs with a history of seizures because it might lower the seizure threshold, but so far I have not hear of any of our clients having issues with seizures or anything.
     
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    I now use Heartgard for heartworm for my guys; I used Interceptor until it became unavailable.

    No flea or tick stuff here. My dogs, despite spending a ton of time running in the woods and fields, seem to be very luck about not picking up ticks. I've pulled maybe 4 or 5 wood ticks total off them ever. Both have short enough hair they are pretty easy to spot. Never had a flea problem, even when everyone in our area was having them last year. We've been lucky!
     
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    Heartgard year-round for heartworm... aaaand that's about it.

    Flea and tick stuff, it's just so sporadic that I do anything. I won't do the topicals anymore - I used to use Frontline/Certifect just because I got it for free and I figured why not. This year I just decided to give my share to a coworker who actually needs it. My animals are just not attractive to bugs.

    I don't know anything about Trifexis... I don't think that's a common one around here.
     
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    Ivermectin for heartworm prevention and I use Comfortis for fleas. We only use flea medication after I actually see a flea, otherwise I try to keep my dogs as chemical free as possible.

    Unfortunately, when I bathed the dogs two weeks ago I saw a single flea on Gus, so off to buy Comfortis I went. They will remain on it for the rest of the summer.
     
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    Trifexis and Preventic collars
     
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    I use Advantix for both my dogs otherwise they are overrun with ticks. For heartworm I have them both on Iverhart Max. So far both have done really good on them, although if the ticks weren't so bad I would not opt to use a topical.
     
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    I use Heartguard for heartworms.

    I use Vets Best for fleas/ticks - it's an essential oils spray, I just use it when we're going to be in a heavy area.
     
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    I use Heartguard and Frontline.
     
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    Heartguard and Frontline.
     
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    I still have Interceptor leftover that I'm using for the bigger dogs, but I ran out of StiXxX's size... so he's on Ivermectin. Once the Interceptor runs out, the big dogs will be on it as well.

    For fleas/ticks, I either use AdvantixII or Frontline Plus. I have to be careful with the Advantix because of the cats, but I usually lock them in a room and put the dogs outside for a few while the product dries... then by the time that occurs, it's bed time and the dogs are either crated or in my room, still separated from the cats.

    I have used and LOVE Trifexis, but it is not cost effective for five dogs, most of which are 60+ lbs.
     
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    Trifexis here. Argon was one of the dogs who had a terrible reaction to it, but its the only thing that is reliably killing fleas here. The others seem to tolerate it well
     
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    Heartgard and either Frontline Plus or Certifect (Frontline + low dose amitraz).

    Has anybody used that longterm use (8 months I think?) flea/tick collar, Seresto? It's supposed to repel fleas and ticks as well as kill them. We have tons of ticks here, and while Frontline reliably *kills* them, I still end up pulling dead ticks off my dogs, which is gross.
     
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    We just started carrying it at my work, haven't sold too many of them yet. We watched some training videos on it, and it seemed legit. *shrug*

    It's pretty pricy, around $70 I think, which throws a lot of people off. However, if it is truly effective for 8 months, and the flea/tick season where you live is 8 months or longer, then it would end up potentially being cheaper than Frontline (which we sell for $45) - you'd be paying $8-10/month rather than $15/month.
     
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    Thanks so much for all of your answers!!
    We've been using Trifexis for Mollie for at least a year, and she has never shown any adverse reactions, even though she is at the bottom of the weight range (she's 63 lbs. and the range is 60-120). So I'm concluding that it's fine for her. Most of the stories I've heard were about the first administration of Trifexis.
    We used to use Frontline and Heartguard, but later she had a huge flea problem which the Frontline just couldn't control. It is a bit worrying that Trifexis is not proven to cover ticks, but we don't have a lot of ticks around here. If I start noticing any tick activity I'll probably switch her over to another medication, maybe like K9 Advantix. (Is that how it's spelled? LOL!)
    Thanks again everybody!
     
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    Heartguard for heartworms, and occasionally Frontline if they need it. For those that use Bug Off, how well does it work?
     
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    Heart guard and activyl tick plus. I'm also curious about the seresto collars.
     

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