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Parasite control?

Postby Jnyiri » Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:45 pm

What do you guys use?
K9 Advantix vs. Advantade Multi.

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Re: Parasite control?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:27 pm

I'm a Frontline/Heartguard fan myself. When the ticks get really bad, I add an amitraz collar to knock them down a bit faster.

Advantage Multi is a nice product, Advantix is extremely large volume and greasy compared to other product options.
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Re: Parasite control?

Postby ryanr » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:47 pm

Speaking of parasite control, what sort of worming regimen do some of you guys use for your dogs? What do you use and how often do you use it?

As of last night my dog is battling some pretty bad diarrhea (he drank out of some pretty hasty puddles over the weekend.) He had a bout with bad diarrhea a month and a half ago as well. Tonight I started him on a bland diet of cooked ground turkey and pure pumpkin. I'm thinking I might worm him with panacur as well and then re-fortify his gut with some probiotics. I'd appreciate any input and opinions on regular worming schedule? Thanks.
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Re: Parasite control?

Postby orhunter » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:17 pm

Diarrhea has many sources. The most common is a dog eating cat poop. I suppose Giardia is somewhat common also.

I don't worm often, two or three times a year. I use Ivermec primarily but will double up with Fenbendazole or Panacort if I feel a need.
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Re: Parasite control?

Postby ryanr » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:46 pm

I realize diarrhea has many sources. My dog is long past the poop eating stage. I'm not sure he has giardia but it wouldn't surprise me with some of the symptoms he's shown. Other than the typical wormings for a new pup I only ever wormed him (with vet prescribed panacur) one other time shortly after I got him after he had a similar bad bout of diarrhea. He's had diarrhea other times and I just deal with it using a bland diet and it clears up. Thanks for the reply Orhunter. I'm thinking I'll worm him now and then again in the fall and keep to a regular semi-annual schedule like that going forward.
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Re: Parasite control?

Postby orhunter » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:03 pm

"past the poop eating stage." Ha, ha.... Yea, right.....
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Re: Parasite control?

Postby twistedoak » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:18 pm

I'm a heartguard user.
from my understanding heartworm meds also do a fairly good job of defending against most worm infestations.
when I was going thru the poop eating stage of puppyhood I'd take stool samples by my vet every few months and never had a bad test.
if I see and extended case of the runs ,I do the same
tests are pretty cheap with my vet and I'd rather go that route then possibly dose the dog with something it don't need.
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Re: Parasite control?

Postby Duckdog17 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:25 pm

It is my understanding that Heartguard doesn't work for tape worms.
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Re: Parasite control?

Postby twistedoak » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:33 pm

you may very well be correct.
I don't expect any monthly preventative to be 100% against all worms.
that's why I have samples tested a few times a year
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Re: Parasite control?

Postby Coveyrise64 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:39 pm

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Fenbendazole (1cc/4lbs) for three days, repeat in 3 weeks.

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Re: Parasite control?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:42 pm

I see a lot of diarrhea for things other than parasites. I prefer a good probiotic. Purina's fortiflora works wonders for bad gas and the mild bouts of loose stools.

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Re: Parasite control?

Postby Coveyrise64 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:43 pm

Misskiwi67 wrote:I see a lot of diarrhea for things other than parasites. I prefer a good probiotic. Purina's fortiflora works wonders for bad gas and the mild bouts of loose stools.

http://www.chewy.com/dog/purina-veterin ... Mgod3R8AsQ

+1.... I keep it in the truck when traveling. A little stress or even a change in drinking water can trigger a bout of diarrhea.

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Re: Parasite control?

Postby ryanr » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:51 am

Thanks, Coveyrise that's the exact treatment plan I read up on that was recommended most. I've got him on ground turkey and pumpkin diet right now and his energy is coming back and no accidents last night. A few more days of improvement and I will worm him for 3 days.

Misskiwi, as part of his regular diet I give him a couple spoonfuls of probiotic yogurt over his kibble. I've been reading that now after I worm him with the Fenbendazole for 3 days I should refortify his gut with Fortiflora probiotic as tbis will provide more probiotics for his depleted system then the yogurt will. Also, from what I understand, Giardia can be hard to diagnose from a simple stool sample test? You have to catch it when the cysts are present in the stool otherwise the dog can have it but the test can give a false negative. I've read that a test called ELISA is more accurate for Giardia, have you heard this? Whatever caused this bout of it I believe it's linked to the nasty puddles he drank out of this weekend.

Orhunter, ha ha, no really I broke him of that long ago. The most he does is sniff it, urinate over it and move on (usually does this with what I believe is fresh coyote scat.)
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Re: Parasite control?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:42 am

The SNAP Elisa test is what we use for Giardia. It's very accurate.
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