Monday, July 1, 2013

We Need Your Advice!

     Hi, everyone! Mom and I need your advice. This month I have to go to the vet for my yearly heartworm check, and to get heartworm pills. Mom also wants to get some kind of pill that will prevent fleas, since pretty much all topical treatments are failing in the south. I'll turn it over to her, so she can tell you what she's debating about!

     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

  • 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.

  Thanks, y'all!

Kisses and Tail Wags and Hugs,
Dachshund Nola and Dachshund Mommy


  1. Hi Nola! I know of a flea shampoo that is all natural and very effective at preventing fleas & ticks. Mom works part time for Bobbi Panter Pet Products, her Charlie Dog Flea & Tick shampoo is great, Bobbi lives in FL several times a year and uses it on her Shih Tzus. Let me know if you want more information! If you decide to use a topical solution it will not wash it off.

  2. We use topical here cause it works. However Lady had other dogs who used Sentinel and never had fleas. Mind you we lived in the city then. Our biggest concern is ticks now. Good luck with your decision. Lee and Phod

  3. My mom was wondering what you have heard about trifexis...that is what she uses on is her email
    stella rose

  4. We've been using trifexis for the past year. So far no fleas. We used sentinal last year and our poor dog had fleas really bad.

  5. Have not heard of your first two options at all- had the DWM on Trifexis for two years and experienced absolutely no problems at all with it. (Had to switch to a topical, Revolution, due to Snoopy's skin issues but hope to switch back to the Trifexis next year)

  6. We are on the coast of Virginia and have a bazillion mosquitoes, I give Riley Heartguard year round. Have been using Frontline Plus all her life for flea/tick control and have never had fleas and only 2 ticks in her entire 4 years of life. Luckily, Frontline hasn't lost its effectiveness here (yet)!

    I don't have any experience with any of the three options you listed, but, it sounds like Option 1 would probably be best. You mentioned with Option 2 that you'd probably still have to use topical flea treatments, but you also said that the topical flea treatments have lost their, not really sure how good that option would be (although it is MUCH cheaper!).

    If you have read horror stories about Option 3, I personally wouldn't go with it!

    Just my 2 cents! :) Good luck with your decision! Do you think your vet would be any help in helping you decide?

    Elyse (and Riley)

  7. We don't have heartworm here and the only flea stuff you can get is the pipettes to put on their neck so I can't really advise.
    Lynne x

  8. We're currently using option #1 on both Fetch and I. We've been using comfortis for about a year, the iverheart max now for about two months, and have been VERY pleased.

    We live in South Carolina, so we definetley have fleas and mosquitos galore. With the topical, I was still itching nonstop, but after about an hour after taking the first pill all the fleas were gone. For some reason, the fleas don't like Fetch (I guess I'm just tastier), so he just gets the Iverheart Max.

    It's definetly pricier, but it's the only thing that works for us down here, and we have fleas/ticks/mosquitoes year round.

  9. I'm not too sure about pills for flea control. But I have been reading about Diatomaceous earth (DE) food grade for flea control. Sounds promising from what I've read so far.

  10. Momz uses liquid ivermectin for HW and I'm wearing the Seresto collar from Bayer for fleas & ticks...Before this I was on Comfortis, but it didn't help at all for ticks...Seresto is working great for me here in Central ticks and no fleas and not taking any drugs or putting goop on me...It's waterproof and one collar lasts for 8 months!

  11. The dogs aren't on anything for fleas and heartworm. Heartworm isn't common in our city and I want to go the natural route for flea treatment and prevention. The dogs would use diatomaceous earth if they had fleas, which is perfectly safe if ingested. In fact, it would kill certain parasites in the intestines if ingested! I also brush the dogs religiously to check for fleas.

  12. Hmm not sure. We have used Frontline for 5 years and recently switched to Advantix. We never had a flea
    Benny & Lily

  13. Luckily we don't have fleas--usually. But a couple of years ago when it was very wet, we did get some and we used Comfortis. It was very effective.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

  14. I recommend Trifexis. The only drawback, as I've posted, is that I have to put it in a pill pocket because it isn't very doggie appealing. But it works very effectively. Currently, Blossom is on Heartgard Plus and Activyl for fleas because she refuses to take the Trifexis. Both work good, too. Oh, I almost forgot...Trifexis usually has a rebate offer on their web site.

  15. Another option- move to Las Vegas! I haven't seen a bug since we moved here. We test yearly for heartworm to be careful but without mosquitoes or fleas it makes things pretty easy for us.

  16. I use HeartGuard for Heart Worm and Frontline for flea protection :)
    Barks and licks and love,

  17. I think your reasoning is really solid for leaning toward option 1. I will mention, though, that Pallo had at least one (and a few suspected additional) seizures while taking Comfortis for flea control. It isn't known to cause seizures, but does lower the seizure threshold, making dogs more likely to have them, especially if they are prone to them already. Since stopping the Comfortis, there have been no known seizures and no time where I have come home and wondered (before taking him off of it, there were a few times where he seemed very strange when I got home from work, making me think there were more seizures than just the one I saw).

    That said, Pallo had been taking comfortis on and off for a few years before he had a seizure.

  18. I haven't tried any of them listed, butt Ma has me on ComfortGuard from the vettie, which is CRAZY expensive like the first one, and I am not crazy about the taste like I am with the separate heartguard and oral flea meds. It sure does work though. No side effects.
    The topical just wasn't an option for me cause my coat is just too dense to get a good application.
    Sorry I couldn't be more help.
    Ruby ♥

  19. We use Interceptor to prevent heartworm and a cedar oil spray to prevent fleas. I think Interceptor is being discontinued/reformulated with a flea repellant added. This makes me nervous as Maggie had a very bad reaction to the stronger topical treatments like Frontline. Darn bugs.

  20. We've tried all of them listed above. The best have been option 1 and 3. Option 2 was terrible in comparison to the others. With option 1, we were buying it from our vet. They had a plan where if you bought a 6mo. supply you got 3 mo. free! I would wait until they had that sale and stock up! Option 3 is much cheaper and just as good, but we didn't like that it was a combined pill. We too enjoy having the space in between HW pills and FP pills each month just in case. Our vet gave us a free 2 mo. sample pack to try out of Trifexis to see if we liked it as well. It was great, he just didn't like the taste of the pill as much.

    See if you can find a cheaper rate for option 1 - shop around for sales, free shipping, free months from the vet, etc. That's how we get ours and save on it. :) Yosuke actually enjoys taking his pills each month too with option 1. Must not taste as chalky.

  21. We're in FL too -- mommy uses Frontline on me & Frontline Tritak on Nala, and we both get Heartgard. Nala has always used Frontline and I used Comfortis as a puppy. Mommy wanted us to both use the same thing, and since Nala didn't do too well with Comfortis, she switched me to Frontline. Frontline had worked OK for a couple of years, but a couple of months ago, I had fleas for the very first time. Mommy buys Frontline and Heartgard from our vet -- they have specials occasionally (like 3 free months when you buy 6). She also got 6 months free for me and 3 months free for Nala from Merial, the makers of Frontline (cause they have this guarantee that you can use once if you buy from your vet and still get fleas). Mommy says it's really tough choosing which to get.

    Good luck with your decision!

    Woofs & huggies, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  22. I'm a little late, but...
    We use Trifexis here. I have had no problems with it, and it does a great job at keeping fleas away. some of our neighbors feed feral, unvaccinated, intact, wormy cats who always bring fleas to our yard, but I have yet to see a flea on any of my crew.

  23. Surprisingly, the pipette between the shoulder blades works pretty well.

    We use Bayer advantage to kill the ticks. As for fleas, mange and heartworm, we found Bayer advantix pretty effective. We actually used Advantix in one of the dogs.. we were surprised when he had wormies in his poop too.. (weird especially when Advantix is only applied in a single area at the back.

  24. I'm afraid that I have no good advice. It's too dry here for fleas to survive. I do have tick-prevention experience... but that's not what you're looking for! I hope that you find something that works.

    PS I'm so sorry about our absence. We've been traveling and I will be doing so soon again. It makes it tough to "keep up" but I always catch up when I get home.


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