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    Well we did our yearly check-up today. Vaccinations and such and a Heart-worm check for Lukey.

    Lukeys test was negative, all the dogs had a thoroughly good check-over. We were there for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    The dogs have to be vaccinated, because we are going to have to Kennel them later this year. We did a Heart-worm yearly injection last year, because heart-worm is rampant here. It was going to be $200.00 for Katy and a little less for Lukey and Annabelle each. Tessa about $100.00. I nearly fell of my chair

    Anyway the vet was kinda shocked too ..........$300.00 for vaccinations plus $700.00 for Heart-worm.........So we are going the monthly way. he thinks I should have no issue with that. And it is a lot cheaper.

    And even though it is still chemicals, I think I am happier with the smaller volumes monthly. The funny thing is you can buy horse-wormers relatively cheap and sheep drenches, which have the same Ivermectin in them. But because it has a dog label it is multiplied by great amounts.

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    Shit!!!!

    Hope you yours like eating snags and mince for the next month or ten...
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    What Chipps said!
    Holy crap!

    And the cheaper drench for livestock has always annoyed me.
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    I found out about the annual heart worm injection at puppy preschool a couple of years ago with Frosty.

    As part of puppy preschool we all got a voucher for a free annual heartworm injection. Bewdy I thought. Until I found out that the free part was only the first injection and you needed two (for the first year) and the second one was pushing $100 and the following year the booster injection was around $200. Urk. No PBS for dog meds.

    So I went with Revolution + Canex for the flea, heartworm and intestinal worm treatment ie a monthly spot on and tablets every three months. Seems to be working ok. Supplemented with proban when we visited the hunter.

    The revolution was much cheaper on an annual basis than advantage + injection + wormers. And I could get it cheaper still online. But the stuff through the vet came with bonus packs last year.

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    I use Ivermectin on my dogs. I don't really like to admit to it on a pet forum because people often have a negative reaction.

    The doses were measured out by my previous vet and are safe for my breed. Border Collies are known to have a bad reaction.

    I don't know about your breeds reaction to it.

    My previous vet is very well known in NSW, is an all breeds judge and breeder of both frenchies and GSDs.

    Most breeders use ivermectin, we couldn't afford to use anything else.

    All of my dogs breeders also use it.

    You have to buy it in large quantities but with the size of your dogs it would certainly be worth it.

    Yes I've heard all about the farmers dogs that were drenched with the sheep drench and got very sick or died but the measurements can be worked out and done with safety provided you don't own a BC. I'm just putting it out there as a possibility to be discussed with a vet, though normally it's only breeder vets who discuss and dispense Ivermectin.
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    Yes the vet did give me the heads-up on that.....he said it was mainly Rough Collies that had the issues, I must do some checking as tessa is part BC. the amount you actually give them monthly is soooo small. And he said in that volume the reaction if bad, would be increased salivating initially and some back end weakness. I was amazed at the mathematical calculation we went through. I am a registered Breeder ha ha, according to our Council (cheaper rego's for non-desexed dogs). Because i have breeding dogs and contract dogs from my breeder often at our property to whelp down or just give space or training (holiday) to some of her dogs.
    and we discussed the Farmers dogs, but as he said they were often drenched as sheep, which is a huge amount compared to what we worked out.
    But you have to buy it in 5 liter quantities, huge amount ha ha.

    I have checked some of the other products used and some are the same, Ivermectin in different packaging, especially packaged for dogs.......If you do go this road, make sure you check to amounts with a friendly vet. And also make sure you DO NOT purchase some of the sheep/cattle drenches that have Ivermectin and some other chemicals in it. That is apparently part of the "do it yourself" problem. Not all are Ivermectin only. I had to ring several places before I got the Ivermectin only.
    Like MAC said, I also did not really want to put this on a Forum, because it can be harmful if not used under guidance and correctly. But thinking about it. Dogs not treated with preventative measures for heart-worm are also at risk of dying. And the Vet products are just getting beyond some average owners if they have a large dog or two or three
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    If I only had one or two dogs then I'd just go with the packaged stuff, probably Sentinal which I put the young dogs on until their weight steadies.

    I do not work out the amounts for my dogs my vet does it.

    What I resent is that Ivermectin is so cheap but they package it up and charge a fortune. If prices keep rising like they are there will be an increase in heart worm as it gets beyond some peoples budgets.
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    I use Sentinel too, love it, as does Batty which is the big one for me. I use the beef flavoured tablets for him, he doesn't like the chewy ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    If I only had one or two dogs then I'd just go with the packaged stuff, probably Sentinal which I put the young dogs on until their weight steadies.

    I do not work out the amounts for my dogs my vet does it.

    What I resent is that Ivermectin is so cheap but they package it up and charge a fortune. If prices keep rising like they are there will be an increase in heart worm as it gets beyond some peoples budgets.
    That is what is happening with vet care and vets generally....So expensive that many people are skipping animal health. Which is sad.

    We worked our dogs doses out together, quite funny doing it on his white board. he was so earnest, just makes me smile. Very caring.

    Have also been in contact with some of my newfie friends overseas.....Seems very common to use over there and the yearly vaccinations are no longer available there due to some problems. It has been an interesting learning curve. What would we do with out the web
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    I think Murphy is on a monthly heart word tablet which is actually due today.
    Our vet said that this is a better way for us to do it as it means we don't need to go to the vets for this injection type.

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