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Old 05-03-2018, 11:55 AM
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Hi everyone!

I am Jenny and I have an adorable 3 year old, 5 pound, morkie, named Manning. We relocated to New England and have heard the tick issue has been on the rise, so i have been more concerned about him getting a tick bite.

I hope you have time for a story! lol My pup has quite a bit of issues hahaha.

So...when he was an 8 month old pup, we started him on nexgard and he did great with it for 3 months. He then got really sick and the vet could not figure out what was wrong. he was lethargic, wouldn't eat except for cooked chicken, and whatever he did eat, he wouldn't be able to pass. It went to the point where he would whimper whenever we picked him up or he had to walk a little bit (probably from the bloating and being backed up). We took him to the vet several times and received so many different possibilities, none of which they said was 100%. They said he had a fever, so he received broad antibiotics. Then they suspected he had lyme disease although he had the vaccine. And lastly they thought he had a blockade from ingesting a foreign material. None of them was it. But after a week of me panicking and him having to stay hospitalized and hydrated (cause he wouldnt drink either), he suddenly got better. Since they never had a reason of what was going on, the only thing I could attribute it to was the day before he had all these symptoms I gave him his monthly nexgard. Therefore, after that I got scared and stopped giving him that.


We then tried K9-advantix per the vet's suggestion and after the initial application, he started balding in certain areas of his back, and near his tail side, he would keep biting or licking it. The vet said to apply hydrocortisone on the spots to help alleviate the itching but couldn't conclude a cause...except that it could be a side effect of the topical application...This went on for several months until his hair finally grew back. He also started having really flaky skin...close to looking like dandruff.

The vet suggested we try the collar and I shied from that recommendation because of the reviews I read about ti causing hair loss around the neck area too. Also my pup has trachea issues, so we never had a collar on him to begin with so he wouldn't have adjusted so easily.

Therefore for the last year, we haven't given him any tick/flea prevention, and just kept him away from the foresty areas. However, because now there are reports that ticks aren't in just those areas, I'm afraid if he goes to day care and play outside, he might even get one. So I've been considering having him on a tick/flea prevention again.

Question...should I give nexgard another try? Or is there another option out there that you guys have tried that works well with sensitive dogs like mine? I would appreciate any and all feedback! Thank you!!!

-Jenny & Manning
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Trifexis works miracles with my dogs.
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Trifexis works miracles with my dogs.
HI BriscoDog24!

I just looked into that and it does seem convenient! But it doesn't seem to have the tick coverage which is what I am most worried about :/ Manning is currently on Interceptor for his heartwarm protection.
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We had exactly the same reaction from nexgard with our dog, she stopped eating, was lethargic and generally not interested in anything. Trifexis was even worse, her nervous system was affected and for a day had only limited control of her rear legs. We now use, and have for sometime, Frontline plus, which she does not seem to react to, and heartgard for the heart worms, which she also tolerates. Frontline plus does work against ticks. She does ok with these. good luck.
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We had exactly the same reaction from nexgard with our dog, she stopped eating, was lethargic and generally not interested in anything. Trifexis was even worse, her nervous system was affected and for a day had only limited control of her rear legs. We now use, and have for sometime, Frontline plus, which she does not seem to react to, and heartgard for the heart worms, which she also tolerates. Frontline plus does work against ticks. She does ok with these. good luck.
Hi Laco!

thank you for your feedback! As a nervous nelly, because k9 advantix caused the reaction, I eliminated all topical medicines lol. your comment gives me more assurance!
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We really have not had any issues using frontline, certainly no loss of hair or balding, as you describe after using K9-advantix. She really has tolerated frontline and heartgard well.
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I am glad to see that I am not the only one who has had this problem. I thought I might be wrong but I'm not. Our little RatCha, Bonnie, had a reaction to Nexgard, as well. She wouldn't eat and was lethargic and it lasted two days. It was not as bad as the reaction you described but it was enough to have me go looking for altertatives. We live in Florida next to a big patch of woods and high grass. Even though she stays inside the fence, she still managed to pick up a tick last Fall. She also had what looked like dandruff after she took the pill. She tends to have dry skin so we bathe her in a deep moisturizing shampoo plus a flea and tick shampoo and then use Mane and Tail conditioner on her. A little bit of Avon's Skin So Soft rubbed on her belly, armpits and groin repels the fleas but, like you, I worry about ticks. I'm still looking.
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There are two great natural flea and tick preventatives we use and have had no issues with at all for my four dogs, all different breeds, mixes. One is Wondercide, a natural flea, tick and other bugs product mainly made with cedar oil and specifically made for dogs and cats (and humans, too). It's a topical spray which you can also use on furniture, bedding, rugs, everything. You can find out more at www.wondercide.com. Highly recommend this.
The other is Diatomaceous Earth. This is a fine, talc like powder made from the finely crushed shells of a single cell marine organism called a diatom. It is made of 97% silica, which when in the body, turns into collagen, a building block for cells and organs. You need to buy the organic, food grade diatomaceous earth and you can use it, too. I give my 19 and my 11 lb dogs a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of it mixed in their food every morning and my 7 and 5 lb Chihuahuas a heaping 1/4 teaspoon, same way. They are thriving. Coat and nails gorgeous, healthy and great and coupled with the Wondercide, no flea issues. Just as an aside, I take Diatomaceous Earth every morning, too. I started small and worked up to two tablespoons in some water mixed with some coconut water and then down a full glass of plain water right after. The only thing to be careful about with diatomaceous earth is not to let the dust from the powder get into yours or your dog's eyes or to breathe it in, since it is made of crushed shells; not a nice thing to get into your lungs. If you google the health benefits of Diatomaceous Earth, you won't believe how many there are, for us and for our dogs.
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Does anyone realize that the cancer rate for dogs is now 1/1.6? That is 2/3's of all pet dogs will get cancer! Do you think that giving your dog a tablet that makes them kill fleas and ticks that come in contact with it for three months is safe? Really? Did you read the side effects? Sorry, but what were you thinking? My dog get's ticks all of the time. You pluck them with tweezers. I love my dog and will take my chances with ticks over deadly chemicals. There are plenty of safe solutions to fleas and ticks that you can buy or make yourself if you decide to take responsibility for your dog's health.
Vets mean well, but it is a business and they know if they don't see you once a year they may not see you again. As with people, the list of recommended vaccines and other poisons continually grows.
So when you sickened your dog with Nexgard and went back to the vet. The vet plays dumb and looks for the problem. They damn well know what caused the problems because numerous other customers have also come back with sickened pets.
The drug business uses fearmongering to push these chemicals. If you can read, have internet and love your dog, do some research for God's sake. Then start feeding them some good, real food.
Or just get flu shots for you and your dog....and keep blaming god for cancer.
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