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Heartworms, Fleas, and Other Icky Things!

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Heartworms, Fleas, and Other Icky Things!

Post  Denika on 7/22/2010, 6:18 pm

O.K. I'm getting a little frustrated, or maybe I just don't understand the differences between the different kinds of medicine out there. I took Justice to the vet and to get is monthly heartworm medicine. (He just this time weighed enough to buy it by the box) He's been on Interceptor. I asked the vet if their was something that also protected against fleas, so he gave me Revolution. He didn't bother to tell me that does nothing for intestinal parasites! So, is there NOTHING that prevents against heartworms, regular worms, and fleas? It looks like you have to choose between preventing worms and preventing fleas. Is this right????
What do you guys use, or what do you think is best?
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Post  northernwitch on 7/22/2010, 6:42 pm

I use Revolution because it is effective for HW, fleas, ticks, sarcoptic mange and I think ear mites. I don't worry about intestinal parasites as I get a fecal done yearly on my dogs and only treat them if they test positive for a parasite. Then I treat specifically for intestinal parasites.

I won't routinely de-worm my dogs in the absence of evidence of an infestation.
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Post  thminis on 8/5/2010, 9:15 pm

There really isn't a take home prevention for intestinal parasites. They're much different than heartworm, and some intestinal parasites take different treatments than others. The best you can really do for intestinal parasites is monitor your pet's stool for mucus, blood, diarrhea, etc, and do yearly fecals. You won't see worms in the stool unless it's tapeworm (looks like grains of rice). It can be confusing to keep all the creepy crawlers in order, and it's good you're trying to stay educated!
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