Dachshund Mommy: Thanks, Weenie Beanie. Okay, y'all, here's what I'm debating between. If you could give me your opinions, experiences, ect about these choices I'd really appreciate it! These are my options for Princess Nola (all prices are from Dr. Foster and Smith.com):
- Iverhart Max for heartworm prevention + Comfortis for flea control: $204.87 (roughly) for a 12 month supply. PROS: I love the option of giving her the medication spaced out, so if Nola had a reaction to either medication I could pinpoint which med was causing the issue. CONS: It's the most expensive option by far. I will more than happily pay it if that's the best option for her, and at this point I'm leaning most heavily toward it. But I do want to explore other options, and what better way than to ask our Blogville family?
- Sentinel for both heartworm and flea (egg) control: $54.98 (roughly) for a 12 month supply PROS: Cheapest option CONS: It only kills flea eggs, and not adult fleas or flea larva. From what I've read, this medication works best in conjunction with a topical flea treatment.
- Trifexis for both heartworm and flea prevention: $171.98 for a 12 month supply PROS: Cheaper than Option 1 CONS: It's not THAT much cheaper than Option 1, and I'd rather spend more and have the option of spacing. I've read some horror stores about Trifexis, too. I really only put it as an option so people wouldn't recommend it without giving input on the other 2 choices.
As of right now, Option 1 is what I'm leaning most toward. Option 3 is at the bottom of my list. So, tell me what you think! What are your experiences with any of these? Which would you pick for your dog? Feel free to mention what you do for your dog, if you'd like.
Just so no one mentions only giving heartworm prevention in the summer months to cut back on costs: I'm in Florida. We have mosquitos (and therefore, heartworm risk) year round, 24/7. If your dog isn't on year round prevention here, it's pretty much guaranteed that they will be heartworm positive by the time they'e 4.
Fleas don't tend to be as bad in the winter here though, so I might not give flea control all year. We'll see.
Kisses and Tail Wags and Hugs,
Dachshund Nola and Dachshund Mommy