Posted by Skeeterone (Pegram, Usa) on 08/28/2011
Read lots of posts about pet's vaccines, diet, etc.
Does anyone have any comments on Heartguard or Tri-Heart Heartworm meds when given to herd dogs?
I do warn that even a dog like mine, a Fila Braziliero Mastiff, that has some herd dog in her breeding background should not be given Heartworm meds. I have never given the meds before, I read extensively. I had never given the heartworm meds before because it is so toxic. But with weather changing all over the country I decided the chance of heartworms was becoming so prevalant that I would go ahead and go against my true feelings. I treat my lawn, my dogs (also toxic) for fleas, no stagnant water, etc.
My Fila puppy was 3 mos old when I first gave her the meds. She has been itching and biting herself intensely ever since, I tried everything, vet said probably an allergy but did not venture a guess as to any possibility except diet or flea control. I have tried everything, from hydrocodone spray, to creams, a weak clorex bath, apple cider vinegar, changing her diet, etc. Never used too much flea control dip.
I discontinued the heartworm meds, just a week ago. She seems some better for the first time in almost 4 mos. She has always had a beautiful coat, and seemed to have healthy skin, etc. Now there is some breaking out on her inter legs, not on her body which is the main area she scratches and bites on. Maybe the the breakout is kinda like measles, or chicken pox in humans. Maybe the allergy has moved to the skins service and is going to go away.
I also have given her vitamin C in the form of calcium absorbate because she was a winter pup and to help her immune system and MSM a natural sulfur that I gave her for a birth defect in her spine. I discontinued both for now.
I just wondered if anyone has had any bad side-effects from giving their pet heartworm meds.
I know there are much worst side effects and damage that heartworm meds can do than just itching. I also have found thru reading that its easier to get rid of heartworms, than to treat the side effects that sometime never go away. I hope my baby girl, Jazzi, is not one of the unlucky ones due to my error. After reading the posts in this website, I'm almost afraid to give her a rabies shot.
Where is all of this going to stop. The food that we and our pets buy is unhealthy for us, and meds are the same and getting worse or else all the info we have now is just now coming to light for people like me. It's all about greed as far as the profitable situation that selling all these poision products are putting big companies that we once trusted....... We can no longer know anything is safe.... Not for sure.
Unless we grow our own garden and slaughter our own animals for food for us and our beloved pets. Even then the enviroment is questionable also.
Would hope to read someone's experience with heartworm meds. Or learn any info that I might not have read or heard about. There seems to be there's nothing that's safe. Years ago there was worry of plagues, now we have to worry about vaccines, meds, and most everything that was put into place originally for eraticating disease. Now only profit seems to be the issue with big business for man and his best friend.
Thanks for reading, May God Bless all the humans and pets adversely affected by the state of our world.