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Old 05-01-2019, 12:10 PM
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Question What is a good flea, tick and heartworm prevention? Any input it appreciated! :D

We will be getting a puppy soon and was wondering a good flea and tick preventative... Is Bayer K9 Advantix II good? Or should I go with a chew like Nexgard? or is collar best? Or maybe homemade? And as for heartworms, is Heartgard a good one? It would be great if you just told me what you are using and where you get it from so I can have everyone's opinion.
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I was in your shoes just a little while ago. Totally not sure which way to go!

There is a lot of information online about types of tick and flea control, oral medication, topical application...it is a bit overwhelming. And then the numerous posts of animals that reacted badly to the chewables, or skin reactions to the topicals or collars.

I came to the realization it really comes down to what is important to you, and what type of pest preventive is really necessary in your area.
In my area for example is an increase of Lyme disease in dogs, so for me it is important that we have a tick prevention.
Heartworm is becoming more of an issue as well with the heartworm carrying mosquitos becoming more and more common as well. So I want my dog to be protected from that!

We talked to our vet and got Nexgard for the month of May, and Nexgard spectra for the rest of the Summer. The spectra component is what protects against heartworm (as well as some other types of worms, including tapeworm).
Most dogs are doing just fine on these meds, but just like with any chemicals we take or give our pets, there is always a chance that there might be a reaction, for some so terrible that they are fatal!

Now I am very concerned about a possible adverse reaction in my dog once I give the medication...and just like everyone else I have to decide whether to take the risk or to return the medication. Without medication however I risk my dog getting sick from the parasites!
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I was in your shoes just a little while ago. Totally not sure which way to go!

There is a lot of information online about types of tick and flea control, oral medication, topical application...it is a bit overwhelming. And then the numerous posts of animals that reacted badly to the chewables, or skin reactions to the topicals or collars.

I came to the realization it really comes down to what is important to you, and what type of pest preventive is really necessary in your area.
In my area for example is an increase of Lyme disease in dogs, so for me it is important that we have a tick prevention.
Heartworm is becoming more of an issue as well with the heartworm carrying mosquitos becoming more and more common as well. So I want my dog to be protected from that!

We talked to our vet and got Nexgard for the month of May, and Nexgard spectra for the rest of the Summer. The spectra component is what protects against heartworm (as well as some other types of worms, including tapeworm).
Most dogs are doing just fine on these meds, but just like with any chemicals we take or give our pets, there is always a chance that there might be a reaction, for some so terrible that they are fatal!

Now I am very concerned about a possible adverse reaction in my dog once I give the medication...and just like everyone else I have to decide whether to take the risk or to return the medication. Without medication however I risk my dog getting sick from the parasites!

Nexgard Spectra seems like a great one but my only issue is the price and the availability of it. I will talk to my vet and see what they think. Thank you so much!
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Nexguard flea prevention, hearworm meds and my dogs

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. And then the numerous posts of animals that reacted badly to the chewables, or skin reactions to the topicals or collars.
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We talked to our vet and got Nexgard for the month of May, and Nexgard spectra for the rest of the Summer. The spectra component is what protects against heartworm (as well as some other types of worms, including tapeworm).

Now I am very concerned about a possible adverse reaction in my dog once I give the medication...and just like everyone else I have to decide whether to take the risk or to return the medication. Without medication however I risk my dog getting sick from the parasites!
Grrr.... I feel the exact same way!! Damned if you do, damned if you don't. And super worried about adverse reactions, even later on. Yikes! If you read all the negative reactions (including death) it is so damn scary.


I caved out of desperation and bought 4 tablets of Nexguard chewables for my two bigger dogs. No way in hell am I going to chance it with my lil Sparky (older Chihuhua, 15 lbs) No way!!!

So I finally gave my Gracie and Puma pup each one tablet last month. And waited. They were pretty dang lethargic and depressed for a few days. They did eat normally, thankfully.

But---now the kicker. What to do about the next dosage???? Many people have written/reported that their dogs died or had really bad reactions on the second or third dose.

So we decided to wait on giving the second dose to my dogs. I don't know, but the whole thing scares the hell out of me, to be honest. What if I gave them the Nexguard and then something tragic happens? I will never forgive myself. So I am waiting....for now.

Oh, and I do give my dogs Tri-Heart for heartworm prevention.

I do NOT at all like or recommend giving dogs their flea meds at the same time as their heartworm meds--too much chemicals/toxicity at once. So I also would not use a "multi' heartworm/flea med. I wait at least a week between giving my dogs each med.

Again, just my take. Others here will have different perspective and that is perfectly fine. I hope others will chime in on this super important topic!!!!!!
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I am also extremely terrified of my dog having adverse reactions. Last year, my dog (15 pounds) was given Nexgard per the recommendation of my vet. That was until I began researching and once winter came around I stopped immediately. Well, it is spring again and the fleas and ticks are out full force. And especially because I take Moose to the retention ponds and woods by my house nearly everyday.
So...I decided to ditch the chemicals and try some natural products. Now obviously I have only had him on these products for about a week or two so I can’t give a long term review. But I have been using the Natural Pet Flea and Tick Tag. It is just a simply tag, lasts for a year, is very affordable, and so far has kept the fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes away. And it is completely natural. I also use diatomaceous earth (human grade). Also natural...I feed a small amount to him to kill any kind of worms and if I am going to walk in a very flea infested area, I sprinkle it in his fur to kill anything.
Really hopeful that these products continue to work as well as they have been. In the beginning of the season he had tons of ticks that I found crawling on him, and one or two that were embedded. Now, I haven’t found a single one.
The thing I didn’t like about Nexgard was that it didn’t actually repel the ticks. I found tons of them embedded in him last summer...they were just dying from the medicine. But I still had to dig them out. I much prefer to repel them instead of just killing them when they attach.
That’s my two cents, I think this is a great topic to discuss
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I personally use Trifexis and it works a treat with my pups.
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Thanks, Mooseman1, and could you please keep me updated?

Laurel is not quite 6 lbs and she has no undercoat at all and never will. Her coat is more like a Yorkie's or the hair on a human's head than that of a "regular dog" so I just used a flea comb and coconut oil when she was a <2lb baby.
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Trifexis.... horrible effects for some dogs!!!

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I personally use Trifexis and it works a treat with my pups.
https://www.facebook.com/TrifexisKillsDogs/

I will not use Trifexis after studying about it and reading posts on the Facebook page dedicated to awareness of severe, toxic, deadly effects on some people's dogs after taking Trifexis!

Here is the link:https://www.facebook.com/TrifexisKillsDogs/

There is actually a DETOX listed on this site in case anyone needs to try and get the chemicals out of their dogs body asap.


Plus....one day I was out walking my Gracie dog when I passed a house in my neighborhood that had a HUGE sign saying: TRIFEXIS KILLED MY DOG!!!

I really want to go knock on their door and ask about it, but I have not gotten the guts yet to do so. Maybe one day.
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I am also extremely terrified of my dog having adverse reactions.
The thing I didnít like about Nexgard was that it didnít actually repel the ticks. I found tons of them embedded in him last summer...they were just dying from the medicine. But I still had to dig them out. I much prefer to repel them instead of just killing them when they attach.\

Thatís my two cents, I think this is a great topic to discuss
Yup, Nexgard does absolutely no repelling of the fleas/ticks AND what's worse the damn bugs have to actually bite our dogs in order for the crap to work!

I hate that bc it is still torture for the dogs---plus they are ingesting dangerous potentially toxic chemicals.

Sigh. What to do??

Please keep updating us on your success with natural remedies. I feel like I have tried most all of them with no success at this point.

More readers input, please?????????
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