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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    I was advised against it by a member here. She told me that 1 in 1000 dogs have adverse side effects and even linked me to the manufacturers warning which stated it should not be given to dogs that have had a vac within a one month period.

    This vac was offered to me by my vet as part of a discount deal with my Puppy's 2nd vac. My vet also informed me my Pup would need a 2nd worm vac at 6 months. Then one yearly.

    I don't think I will get it. I think I would rather treat heartworms with a monthly med that treats everything else at the same time!
    I gave Amy the information and I am happy to forward it to anyone who wants it.

    In the meantime, for those considering it, here are a couple of the sites that you can get information from that shows the other side of the argument - not just the vet's trained response.

    ProHeart 6 - Is It Really Safe? - Side Effects

    Side Effects

    The following are possible side effects, as admitted by Fort Dodge in their letter to verterinarians. The rate of these side effects is quite high compared to other heartworm preventatives on the market, and therefore I fear that people may be sacrificing safety for the sake of convenience.

    Here are just a few of the potential side effects:

    * Swelling and pain at the site of the injection.
    * Facial swelling
    * Diahhrea and vomitting
    * Lethargy and fever
    * Wobbliness and weakness
    * Rash
    * Shortness of breath
    * Erythema multiforme (bodywide disease with a characteristic rash involving the skin and mucous membranes)
    * Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (destruction of red blood cells)
    * Seizures and other neurological events
    * Death
    http://www.apvma.gov.au/advice_summaries/36168.pdf

    ProHeart® 6 is generally well tolerated. Do not use in sick, debilitated or underweight animals, animals with a history of weight loss, or within one month of vaccination. Use with caution in dogs with pre-existing allergic disease. A small percentage of dogs showed mild, transient swelling or itching at the injection site. While rare, allergic, digestive, hematological, or neurological reactions may occur. In addition, death has been reported. ProHeart 6 is available only through a restricted distribution program. Only veterinarians enrolled in this program can receive and administer ProHeart 6. In addition, ProHeart 6 must only be administered to clients whose owners have been advised of the risks of ProHeart 6 and sign an Owner Consent Form.
    This information is directly from the manufacturer and yet vets are telling puppy owners to get this injection at the same time as a vaccination!

    I have a plethora of websites that detail all of the risks associated with the heartworm injection and there is far too much risk for me.

    I use and recommend Sentinel Spectrum - purely because it's a beef flavoured, chewable tablet that treats intestinal worms, heartworm and fleas all at once. It's once a month and in every box there are stickers for the calendar to remind you when it's due. I always buy a new lot the same week that I have administered the last from the box. I never run out or miss a dose.

    Just the opinion that I have come to after years of research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I gave Amy the information and I am happy to forward it to anyone who wants it.

    In the meantime, for those considering it, here are a couple of the sites that you can get information from that shows the other side of the argument - not just the vet's trained response.

    ProHeart 6 - Is It Really Safe? - Side Effects



    http://www.apvma.gov.au/advice_summaries/36168.pdf



    This information is directly from the manufacturer and yet vets are telling puppy owners to get this injection at the same time as a vaccination!

    I have a plethora of websites that detail all of the risks associated with the heartworm injection and there is far too much risk for me.

    I use and recommend Sentinel Spectrum - purely because it's a beef flavoured, chewable tablet that treats intestinal worms, heartworm and fleas all at once. It's once a month and in every box there are stickers for the calendar to remind you when it's due. I always buy a new lot the same week that I have administered the last from the box. I never run out or miss a dose.

    Just the opinion that I have come to after years of research.
    The bolded part is what really got to me!!! The manufacturer is saying don't give it within one month of other vaccinations and my vet is selling it as a discounted deal WITH other vaccinations!!! It makes it very confusing for a beginner like myself! But at the end of the day I am someone who likes to be safe rather than sorry!

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    Oh, and I am aware that the articles are referring to ProHeart 6 BUT the chemical they had the problem with is moxidectin. ProHeart 12 (the once a year) has THREE times the amount of moxidectin as ProHeart 6! There is no way I would ever use it purely on this basis.

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    Vaccination card vs Certificate...

    What you need is proof of current vaccination.

    When puppies are first done - they need three injections (as far as I know), so the Breeder or Resuce may have done the first two, but the last one is usually done around 3 months old, and usually falls to the owner to do. So the breeder/rescue would give you a card that a vet has filled out and dated with the first two shots, and it would have advice about getting the third shot and maybe a spot to sign on the card. And that might count - with the three slots filled out two weeks ago or more but not more than 12 months.

    But the Vet who does the last one - should give you the "certificate" which is a bit of paper that says that your dog has the C5 vaccination, some identifying details about your dog so you can't use it to get a male cocker spaniel cleared if you have a female blue heeler, mine has microchip number on it too. And the vaccination date, and the vaccination type. And a note about needing two weeks for it to be effective.

    Hmm mine says booster required and at the bottom when the booster is due - which is next year ie ANNUAL booster - once the dog has had the puppy three.

    And it has a list of what diseases are covered eg C5
    parvo, distemper, hepatitus, parainfluenza, bordetella (I hate to think what that is).

    And it has the vet practice letterhead with their contact details on it.

    And that's what the obedience clubs and boarding kennels are looking for before they will let your dog near theirs. You need a new certificate every year.

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    Thanks Hy.
    ill talk to my vet next week..

    Thanks for your help.

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    A lot of vets are happy to continue on with the card as well. I worked in a kennel and a lot of people had the card. Some vets will also do a cert for every animal and not a card. As long as the Vac and the date is on it, as well as animals name, it is all you need.

    I only vaccinate for C3, as mine no longer use kennels I do not vaccinate against Canine Cough (parainfluenza and bordetella_ - Kaos has caught it every year she was vaccinated against it, she was not done this year and never got it!!

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    Floyd has both ProHeart SR12 & ProTech C5 yearly vacs given on the same date time etc with out any side effects etc from either vacs

    & 3 monthly Fenpral all wormer from vets.

    I don't bother with supermarket or pet shop brands worming tablets as imo they are bloody useless & don't work.

    Floyd's vet also issues vac certificates yearly that state Floyd's details & microchip number etc.
    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 02-05-2010 at 03:05 PM.

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    Jodi's and Bandits also done same day, no ill effects. One in a thousand are far better odds than my 30 in a hundred odds for my disease eradication.

    I have seen a dog suffering heartworm. I have seen a heart with the worms in a vet's office jar too.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 02-05-2010 at 03:22 PM.

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    Holly was given the yearly heartworm injection when we first arrived in Australia (Never needed it in the UK) while she was in quarantine, no problems at all. Same with subsequent years. I must admit though, when dwelling on when she first showed signs of illness it was about a month after her latest vaccination including the yearly heartworm jab. I do wonder if this contributed in any way, probably not relevant but nevertheless I would rather not risk it and give Jenna the Interceptor chewy tablet, which she loves, at least until she is fully grown.
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    I have never used the annual heartworm and for some reason I can't quite fathom, I never seem forget to give my pooches and ALL my millions of fosters their monthly heartworm/intestinal meds. Can't remember my name half the time, but do seem to remember worm and heartworm....go figure.

    But THIS is actually what I want to put out there......

    Last Saturday was worming day, and for the first time I can recall I gave Bella an Advocate pipette. 20 mins later, she siezed!!!!! I washed it off her staight away and will resume tabs with her in future. I asked Dr Scot about this and he couldn't rule out the siezure was not a result of the Advocate.....food for thought peoples!

    BTW....I will continue to use the Advocate on the pei as I like the fact it controls ear mites of which they are suseptable to.
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