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    Hi, at the moment I am using Advocate Fleas, Heartworm and worms treatment for both of my staffords. each little bottle is $35 which lasts a month. So that's $70 a month which got me wondering if there were any cheaper brands/alternatives out there.

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    Adrian

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    I use Panoramis, which is an oral tablet. It's the same as Comfortis but with worm and heartworm treatment added. I buy the tablets for giant dogs (on eBay) and then cut them to the required size (based on the weight categories on the various packets). I pay about $80 or $90 for a pack of 6, I think. My dog weighs 23-ish kilos, so gets half a tablet a month. So one pack lasts me a whole year for my dog! Our fosters are usually ok with just a quarter of the big tablets. I also give them to my cats. They need a bit more per kilo compared to dogs, but still works out cheaper than the drops. And I believe it to be more effective as prevention against fleas too.

    PS: If you do get this, don't believe the packet when it claims these are "chewable". They are not like heartworm tablets which dogs generally like. Even the labrador we lived with for a while ate these only reluctantly. My dog will taste them and then spit them out. So I give them to her like a standard pill, disguised in a bit of meat. For the cats I have to dissolve them in milk.

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    Just be careful with Advocate and Panoramis as they treat everything except tapeworms.. you have to buy tapeworm tablets separately, they're pretty cheap from online and only need to be given once every 3 months so it's hard to remember when they're due. I've seen some pretty horrible photos of massive tapeworms pulled from dogs whose owners didn't realise these 'all in one' products don't treat tapeworm.
    We use sentinel - it treats fleas, heartworm and all intestinal worms (it is the only 'combination' wormer that treats tapeworm). I buy it online and it is about $90 for 6 tablets of the 11-22kg and its a chewable tablet that they love $15 per dog each month isn't too bad

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    For worming we use (and have for many years) Ambex Ten. I haven't bought any for quite a while now, but by memory its not readily available to most people. Our vet buys it in bulk to use, and my dad has always had an awesome relationship with out vet clinic... living on a farm, we kinda have to. They suggested we use this tablet cause they reckon its good and really cheap. I don't remember how much/when i bought my latest container for, but I think in general its somewhere between $100 - $130 per bottle. It has 50 tablets in it, and the dosage is one tablet per 10kg every 3 months. Adding it up, Koda gets 20 doses of out of one bottle... So it lasts me years... I must have had my current bottle for 2-4 years or something, and its just gone out of date this month, and i've still got 12 tablets left. But as I said, Its not available everywhere... although upon googling it, it looks like some places sell it online.

    Koda is a shocker with taking these tablets though, I can't just hide it in some stinky tinned food, cause he finds it and picks it out... I have to crush each tablet up and mush it up with the tinned meat, otherwise he always finds the tablets somehow, lol.

    For fleas, I use Frontline Plus, and I also buy the extra large pack and measure it out myself, much cheaper that way. The 6 pack costs me roughly $70, and Koda gets two doses per vial, so one pack lasts me about a year.

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    canex does stomach worms and tape worm but not heart worm
    Canex Multi Spectrum All Wormer Tablets for Dogs

    I use that in combination with revolution - ie buy six months of revolution (controls fleas and heart worm and some other things)
    and that comes with 6 months worth of canex (give every 3 months - I write the months on the pack).

    6 months of revolution + canex costs $115 or so depending where you get it... so that's about $20 per month for one dog.
    REVOLUTION Dog Teal 20.1-40kg

    The canex smells bad even to me- so I seal it up inside peanut paste and then put that inside a sardine and my dog hoovers that without chewing it.

    It's no good against ticks tho.

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    We use Sentinel Spectrum for our boy.

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    I worm regularly, as my dogs eat dead animals and rotten stuff regularly when out, heart and intestinal.

    I dont treat for ticks, as they are not in my part of the country

    Fleas, i dont treat in victoria, as garlic in diet and swim daily keeps them away. But if we have a bad flea season, i will use a flea collar, as the drops on back on neck turn into blobs of chewing gum stuck in the hair due to my dogs swimming a lot, and as we walk daily in long grass, does not prevent new fleas getting onto the dog. I find the drops no improvement on the flea collar, but 10 x the price.

    Fleas in QLD, another story!

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    I've always found flea collars to be pretty much useless... I get a lot of grooming clients bring their dogs in asking me to give their dog a flea bath because the flea collar they bought isn't working and they don't know what else to do. Almost every time i see a dog with a flea collar, the dog is riddled with fleas :/

    But as you said, I'm pretty sure the spot on only works if the dog stays dry for a few days afterwards. Both my dogs hate water, so it works fine here lol.

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    The issue with the spot on washing off is one of the reasons why I switched to Comfortis/Panoramis. They say it's waterproof after 24hrs but I don't believe that. So it's very impractical in summer when my dog needs to swim daily.

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