I'm not one to give my pets all sorts of meds....  but, if you've ever seen
a dog die from heartworm or actually seen what these critters look like,
you'd err on the side of caution.  I'm in NY and we've gone to year round.
While true that the mosquitoes carrying the larvae don't fly up here from
warmer climates, dogs& cats come all the time.  A NY mosquito bites a
Florida infected dog & then bites a NY dog--you've got a chance.  And these
days, folks travel all the time & everywhere with their pets.  Now there are
places where the climate basically prevents larvae from forming... but for
most of the country, there are at least times of the year when mosquitoes
live that any cat or dog is at risk.  But there are choices for HW meds...
Certain breeds should never take Heartgard (Ivermectin), for example.  Thing
is that HW is a silent killer.  By the time the animal shows symptoms, the
disease is well advanced.  And the treatment is fraught with risk and a real
strain on the animal's system.  There are some newer protocols to reduce
risk--Dr. at U of FL has done major studies which are published.  Sadly,
there is no treatment for cats.

-----Original Message-----
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Natalie
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:53 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Heartworm drugs

  Heartworm drugs for pets; Big Pharma's cash cow - In a seemingly
diabolical plot, veterinarians and pharmaceutical companies have teamed up
in a marketing campaign to frighten pet guardians into giving year-round
heartworm preventatives to their cats, as well as dogs. These so-called
experts say they're doing this to improve protection for individual pets,
but the facts say their motives may be less pure.



We had a discussion about Revolution a while back - here is a great article
on all wormers, and about Revolution, which is technically: Selamectin is
also used to treat ear mites and some intestinal worms; adverse reactions
include hair loss at the site of application, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle
tremors, anorexia, lethargy, salivation, rapid breathing, and contact

And how veterinarians are handing out these products like candy, etc.
Important "read"!







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