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Old 04-11-2018, 07:20 PM
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Correct HW / parasite preventative dosage?

Hi there,

I just had a few questions / concerns and wanted some advice! I have
a 13 month old dog with my boyfriend who majority of the time lives at my boyfriendís house where he has a roommate who has a 3 yr old dog. Iím not going to get into all the details of how wrong this roommate treats and cares for her dog other than this: she doesnít give him monthly HW/parasite preventative. She has it! But doesnít give it to him monthly. We live in south Florida. So my question is this. Iíve had my dog since he was 4 weeks old through fostering and ended up adopting and never had a flea problem with him. I give him his oral medicine every 29-30 days. Never had a flea on him. Last month however I noticed he was infested with fleas and gave it to him a couple days early and then bathed him and combed all fleas out etc. confused by how this could have happened I checked out the roommates dog, and he was worse covered in fleas. He hadnít had any medicine since last summer. My boyfriend and I told her and she said she knows and gave him flea treatment earlier that day. So now today, 27 days since last dose, my dog has fleas again as does her dog. I asked my boyfriend to let her know about her dog and that he really should be on monthly preventative and not just for fleas but also Heartworm too. He replied that he already talked to her last month and she told him Charlie was good for 3 months. She makes this statement because last month she gave Charlie 3 doses of Trifexis at once. Now, maybe Iím wrong, but I thought monthly preventative doesnít quite work that way... and if I am wrong, what gives? Her dog gets fleas after a month of ď3 month long treatmentĒ and then my dog starts getting fleas too. I just want to make sure I donít put my foot in my mouth if I need to educate her. And also, how is it my dog is now getting fleas all of a sudden even being on preventative?

All answers and help and advice is much appreciated!! Thank you!
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:35 PM
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You are correct Trifexis is a monthly, and if she gave him 3 pills at once she successfully overdosed him, and is dang lucky he's still alive. I wonder what sort of organ damage she caused. Doing what she did is like taking 3 months worth of birth control all on one day and saying you are protected from getting pregnant for the next 3 months.

Florida is like where I am in Texas, when you skip giving the dogs their heartworm pills in the winter there's a chance that your dog will get heartworm because it only takes 1 warm day for the mosquitoes to come out, and 1 mosquito to give the dog heartworm that's what she's playing with by skipping giving her dog his preventative, not only that if the dog does develop heartworm the preventative can hurt him it's why vets test for heartworms before prescribing the preventative.

Until she gets the flea infestation under control your dog is going to keep getting fleas every time he goes over there. If they are on the same flea preventative what may have happened is that the fleas built up an immunity to it because she's so hit and miss with giving her dog the preventative. I've seen it happen when Frontline got really popular, it stopped working. You could try NexGuard and a separate heartworm preventative like HeartGard.
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You are correct Trifexis is a monthly, and if she gave him 3 pills at once she successfully overdosed him, and is dang lucky he's still alive. I wonder what sort of organ damage she caused. Doing what she did is like taking 3 months worth of birth control all on one day and saying you are protected from getting pregnant for the next 3 months.

Florida is like where I am in Texas, when you skip giving the dogs their heartworm pills in the winter there's a chance that your dog will get heartworm because it only takes 1 warm day for the mosquitoes to come out, and 1 mosquito to give the dog heartworm that's what she's playing with by skipping giving her dog his preventative, not only that if the dog does develop heartworm the preventative can hurt him it's why vets test for heartworms before prescribing the preventative.

Until she gets the flea infestation under control your dog is going to keep getting fleas every time he goes over there. If they are on the same flea preventative what may have happened is that the fleas built up an immunity to it because she's so hit and miss with giving her dog the preventative. I've seen it happen when Frontline got really popular, it stopped working. You could try NexGuard and a separate heartworm preventative like HeartGard.

Thank you for reply. That’s what I thought. She never gives her dog treatment. I know this because she kept the box of Trifexis out by his cage and it was prescribed a 6 month pack she got in April last year and before last month only 2 doses had been used. And then she gave him 3 doses last month and now her last dose yesterday. Living in Fort Lauderdale where HW preventative is basically mandatory year round I have no doubt that dog is most likely HW positive. Among the other issues he has since he lives in a cage except to be let out to pee/poop then back in the cage maybe gets a few minutes of play time or she just lets him out to run around when she doesn’t want to deal with his barking and leaves him. Sometimes forgetting he’s out there and goes to work or sleep. He lives in the crate with one empty bowl which is used for food and water maybe once a day, no toys to occupy him, just a ratty old blanket that he will sometimes eat either out of boredom or hunger. She refuses to give the dog up or listen to anyone about how she treats her dog, saying he likes it in his cage. And that he has to stay in there because he’s out of control. Well, when she got him as a puppy he always lived in the crate so yeah I guess if i got some time out once In a while I’d wanna fun around and stuff. She just doesn’t take care of him that well. He’s a 3 yr old Pitt mix and is a nice dog just not socialized properly. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets Caval Syndrome by time he’s 7 years old from HW.
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