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Old 04-06-2016, 03:51 PM
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Thank you, I didn't realize that about the fear stage. I'm trying not to push her and be very gentle. The thing is she will play inside like normal but it's the outside that she's suddenly scared of. Like overnight. I can't get to the vet until next week, but will. The ingredient in Heartgard scares me, too, it was one reason I thought this one might be better. That one seemed to have some real adverse effects on Australian types. I feel at a real loss at what to do. The vet said that I should use this one because it guards agains whipworm which is in our area and she had when I got her. How can I make sure she stays worm free and non toxic? Oh, I see the post above now, sorry, must have posted while I was writing. Thank you!

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Old 04-06-2016, 05:35 PM
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One thought; what has the weather been like? Some drugs can have light sensitivity as a side effect... It's not listed on the drug insert but it may be very rare/not considered serious enough/difficult to identify in dogs.

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It did just really cold and snowy at the same time, but she usually loves the snow.
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I would call the vet and let them know what's going on before bringing her in. I don't think a physical exam would tell the vet anything. If they think an exam is warranted, they will tell you.
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I was thinking the same thing, actually. Thank you!
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It did just really cold and snowy at the same time, but she usually loves the snow.

Unless it's also been sunny that debunks my theory.

I hope you get some answers and she recovers well.
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Thanks for all your help, everyone, I will do everything I can and keep you posted. Glad I found this forum.
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I have only one thing to add and that is that your dog is INSANELY CUTE.
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You say she is new but has gotten Sentinel three times already. Have you had her for three months? Sentinel is mainly used to prevent heartworms with an added bonus of killing other worms. It's not used as a dewormer per se. If she has been getting the Sentinel more often than once a month, she may be having a reaction to it. Even though Australian Cattle Dogs aren't high on the list of drug sensitivity to ivermectin drugs, you may want to have her checked to make sure.

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Thank you, I started the Sentinel again because it seemed as if it was going to be an early Spring. I admittedly am quite a novice about all this and thought I needed to start this early. Apparently I have a much smaller window in which it might be needed. I gave one to her on March 1st and then one on April 1st. The other dose she had was in December, as it was still so warm then. I figured she was handling it well so it wouldn't be a problem. Ugh. I wish I never gave it to her. She is still so afraid of going outside and this morning she won't eat her breakfast and won't even play indoors. She just runs back to her bed, ears down. Last night she seemed fine suddenly, playing indoors and even a little outside, and this morning it seems to have come back, even worse. She just seems so fearful of all these things that she used to love. I don't want to push her but she is going to need to go outside at some point to pee and poop. She has held it in for almost 12 hours now and I know she has to go, but she won't go outside. Granted, there is a bit of a snowstorm at the moment, but she never minded that before. It's like she starts to play or go outside, but then she gets this looks of panic and runs upstairs.

And, I did read about the ivermectin problem, I chose Sentinel because it doesn't use that ingredient. I didn't know they might be affected by milbemycin. I know that heart worms are not a big worry yet, but I guess I thought I needed to give it to her now because of the other worms it might prevent. I should get her tested anyway, just to find out. Thank you for your help. I can only hope that this wears off and she bounces back. I also don't want her associating me with making her do anything that causes fear. That is also a big concern. I'm trying to be gentle and to let her know that I am there for her.
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