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    My puppy is a 13 week old toy poodle he is an indoor dog, but goes for daily walks.
    We have been told by our vet that the only way to protect him against heartworm is to get a yearly injection which is extremely expensive.
    My question to the vet was if we could use the Excelpet all wormer + heartworm protection monthly chews.
    She told us this wouldnt protect him....

    Could someone please advise whether this is accurate, or just an attempt to get more money on our vets part? Obviously we want to make sure our boy is protected, but we are also on a budget.

    Thanks so much!
    Last edited by Tommy56; 05-22-2015 at 10:10 AM.

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    hi Tommy56

    I use sentinel monthly chews that are supposed to protect against heartworm and before that I used Revolution which is also supposed to protect.

    Theoretically you need to get your puppy checked that it does not have heart worm now - because there is a risk that if you give the dog a heartworm treatment when it has heartworm - the treatment will kill it.

    I have no idea if excelpet works.

    And yes the injections are very expensive. Tho I didn't have to pay for the first one when my dog was a puppy - that was free, but I had to pay for the booster and when next year's came along - I opted for a different treatment (revolution). I think if you add up the price of
    flea treatment
    worm including tape worm
    and heart worm
    and for some places - tick treatment

    it works out about the same price per year. I like the monthly chews - they're much easier to give and the dog likes them. Can't say that about the spot ons. Or the canex worm tablets (truly horrible things).

    We haven't had a heartworm problem but I could say it works well as elephant repellent because we haven't had a problem with those either.

    Maybe go see a different vet. One that's more independent.

    Hope that helps.

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    Welcome to the forum Tommy56,

    You can start your puppy on heartworm prevention between 3 and 6 months...after that you need a blood test as it takes 6 mths for the heartworms to develope.

    I use Sentinel and have for a long time its very good and it does everything...if you choose a chew product make sure you use the one that is right for your dogs weight.

    Don't know what your vet is on about ...maybe your vet is after a bit of extra cash because only a vet can give a heartworm injection.

    You can buy Sentinel and other chew products everywhere and are much cheaper than the vets.
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    I use nuheart soluble tablets that I purchase online. They come as a 6 month supply of monthly tablets and are pretty cheap. I worm my dogs for intestinal worms separately also with worming tablets bought online.
    I don't need to treat for fleas or ticks where I live
    Don't know about excel pet products but I would doubt there is any reason that they wouldn't work.

    I didn't check my pups for heartworm just started them around 12 weeks old.
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    I once had my dogs on heartworm injections...vet kept putting the price up every year by $10. I checked my records and 2008 was the last time and the price was $110 per dog...must be getting towards $200 by now nice little money spinner.

    Then on top of that you have to buy worm tabs every three months and use a spot on product for fleas every month as well...if you add it all up you'd nearly have a heart attack ...but buy all these products from the vet and you would have a heart attack for sure.
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    I'd be wary of using any sort of supermarket product (which Exelpet is), but I also don't do the annual HW injections as they are just too expensive. There are various other products that will protect your dog. I usually use Sentinel Spectrum, but have used Panoramis as well. At the moment, my GSD x Malinois is on Advocate because he had some mites that needed taking care of (sounds feral, doesn't it?).

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    any sort of supermarket product (which Exelpet is),
    Isn't it weird that we don't trust supermarket products for pets...

    And yes in my experience the dog food won't kill your dog instantly but also scores low on the dog nutrition website and the tinned stuff is explosive when it comes to doggy output (oh the pong).

    And the toys - lucky if they last 2 seconds with my dog. Same with the leads and collars - a friend gave me a supermarket lead and my dog broke it. Fortunately for me the person at the door was a friend that my dog recognised.

    I do get her good os from the supermarket as training treats cos they're convenient and soft and I can break them up into tiny bits. But I also use carrot, cheese, roast meat (makes hands a bit messy), roo jerky and kibble.

    So given how crap all the other pet stuff from supermarkets can be - why would we trust the flea treatment? Tho theoretically most supermarkets are pretty good at giving money back if you ask for it eg "product did not perform as advertised"...

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    I use J&J baby shampoo on my dog when she needs it - I doubt it would kill fleas. But it is gentle on her skin and she smells nice after... helps her smell more like me...

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