Parasite Treatment Protocols Many times Heartworm medication is combined with other compounds to treat several parasites, ex: Fleas and Worms. Be sure to consider that treatment protocol may call for changes in different geographical areas and needs adjustment. For example in Northern States, where cold winters and frost occurs, there is little chance that fleas and mosquitoes are flying that can potentially infest your puppy.
The following article advises people about the dangers of over treating and un-necessary treatment and some ensuing side effecrs and problems that may result.
HEARTWORM PREVENTION UPDATE
Heartworm season is in full swing and veterinarians urge dog owners to “protect your pet” but many fail to explain the risks of heartworm prevention medication.
That’s right. Heartworm prevention can be worse than heartworm infestation. Our health editors have discovered an astounding number of dog deaths attributed to a pet medication called Trifexis. Data uncovered at FDA revealed “since Trifexis hit the market, every 36 hours, a pet owner reported that Trifexis killed their dog.”
According to FDA records, “pet owners have reported 700 dog deaths. That's 120 more than the deaths linked to Chinese chicken jerky treats. Like the treats, Trifexis is suspected, but not the proven cause.” Trifexis, an Elanco Animal Health product, is a chewable tablet that “kills fleas and prevents infestations, protects against heartworms, and treats and controls adult hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm infections.”
Chewable Trifexis claims to “work within 30 minutes to kill fleas and has been proven to kill 100% of all biting fleas within 4 hours.” That is scary stuff! Not just for fleas, but for the host (your dog or cat) whose body is quickly and irrevocably infused with such a deadly pesticide.
Whether chewable (what does it do to the stomach?) or injected, Trifexis joins the ranks of other prescription heartworm prevention treatments which can result in side effects ranging from vomiting and skin irritation to self mutilation and death.
Scratching and Itching Medication Malpractice does more than scratch the surface of allergic reactions caused by veterinary medications. For it to be effective, is has to be what many people consider “whole body poison” because it is designed to permeate the dog’s whole body. That includes epidermis (skin), bloodstream, internal organs (stomach, heart, liver, etc) in order to kill internal and external parasites that feed upon the host. This particular article in TheDogPlace.org is an actual case. It makes clear that veterinarians who dispense steroids to treat an “allergy” caused by the heartworm prevention medication they dispensed, are incompetent or dishonest.
The Canine Immune System is sorely compromised by heartworm prevention medication and over-vaccination. This vet student's letter proves how little veterinarians are taught about the potential to destroy a pet's immune system by pushing profitable but high-risk prescriptions. My cats are very sensitive to prescription medications (most cats are) and so is my pocketbook.
Heartworm Prevention History cover the release of ProHeart®6 heartworm prevention medication in 2001 to subsequent FDA rulings, recalls, buy-outs, name/label changes, and 2014 risks vs. benefit analysis. That is what the page’s description promises to deliver and it does an eye-opening job!
As we are learning on the news today, just about every bureaucratic government agency is ruled by how much money it can generate, either from Treasury or corporate donations. The latter source is where things get interesting. Ft. Dodge (one of the largest and most trusted veterinary medicines providers) was bought out by Pfizer Animal Health and from there, the intrigue deepens. I became completely caught up in the obvious and potential “takeover” of our pet’s medical care and product availability.
So I decided to put this together for TheDogPress.com because I know that publication is pretty brave about questioning questionable stuff. I learned as a child to question convention even though my ancestors were derided for “superstitious” traditions because we believed in nature and natural health remedies. That’s why we were virtually immune to the Black Plague. (Editor’s note: see new URL Gypsy-thieves-immunity-secret)
The point is that heartworm is not new and yet domestic dogs once had immunity just like wolves, foxes, and other wild animals do today. Only when an animal is otherwise stricken, by age, injury, or disease) do parasites take over. So I wanted to pass on what is obvious to me. We can learn from our pets when it comes to health care. We are all grateful for the advances in medical science but sometimes less really is more. More healthy.
by Debbie Bieniek
People need to know how this can happen! How many owners blamed themselves when their dogs got a heartworm-positive reading and was on preventative, thought maybe they missed a dose and did NOT file a claim?
I’m sure Merial doesn’t even get notified of 99% of the cases where dogs are on the heartworm prevention and still get heartworm.
Changes to the advertising and insert label MUST be implemented!! This is a life threatening preventive, not flea control!
My dog went in for her yearly check up and shots in April 2005. After 2 negative years for heartworm and giving her the heartworm preventative EVERY month I got a call that my dog was POSITIVE. I was shocked to hear this. She is 99% of the time an inside dog for one, second she is well cared for and I NEVER missed a dose of her Heartgard as it is posted on my calendar.
I have purchased the heartworm prevention from my vet all year. My vet told me they had recently been to a seminar and found out that if the chewable is NOT chewed it does NOT dissolve and get absorbed into the dogs system, thus it does not prevent heartworm.
I called Merial, got a case number and they covered my dog's heartworm treatment. HOWEVER they will not refund for the year I purchased their Heartgard product that failed, $96.00 dollars worth – they offered a year's heartworm prevention free, like I want to use that when it failed!!
I spent 8 weeks having to keep my dog calm and quiet during treatment meaning I had to close all my blinds so she wouldn’t run to them barking, I had to take her to the bathroom on leash in a fenced yard so she wouldn’t run and chase squirrels, going out in rain storms and all. That was so the heartworms dying from the treatment didn't block her heart valves.
I had to watch the horrible reaction to her shots as she suffered from heartworm treatment. Am I satisfied treatment was paid for and labeling, advertising remains the same, NO! I demand something be done about this so other owners do not experience the same. AND I WANT MY MONEY BACK!! Satisfaction guaranteed? Not for me it’s not.
I was told on the phone by Merial, makers of Heartgard, that my case is handled between their vet and my vet. They don’t deal with me….last I knew I WAS THE OWNER OF THIS DOG. I plan on notifying the FDA who approves this so-called heartworm prevention drug, and animal welfare institutes, andbetter business bureau until something is done about it. Although my dog is now negative, she still could have irreversible heart damage from the worms that are unknown now.
Below are details and the heartworm prevention advertising/ label information as it is written today with my comments.
Merial – the company that makes Heartgard
My 2005 Case #0533529 - (888) 637-4251 they offer no email address. Islen, NJ
Heartgards inside label states:
(my comments are in RED)
editor's note: label info accurate through 2006 but may have changed after this was so widely circulated
The chewable should be administered in a manner that encourages the dog to chew (WOULD SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO “ENCOURAGE A DOG TO CHEW”? NEVER TAUGHT A DOG THAT ONE!), rather than to swallow without chewing. Chewables may be broken into pieces and fed to dogs that normally swallow treats whole. Care should be taken that the dog consumes the complete dose, and treated animals should be observed for a few minutes after administration to ensure that part of the dose is not lost or rejected. If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost, redosing is recommended. THEY FAIL TO WARN YOU WHAT HAPPENS IF THE TABLET IS NOT CHEWED – IT DOESN’T DISSOLVE SO IT’S NOT ABSORBED INTO THE SYSTEM!!! NO WHERE ON THE ENTIRE INSERTED LABEL DID I SEE ANY MENTION OF THIS AS A WARNING.
Heartgard's advertising quotes:
#1 Choice of Veterinarians for Heartworm Disease Prevention Not true, not my vets #1 choice and another vet in town doesn’t even sell it. False advertising!
HEARTGARD Chewables are labeled for the prevention of heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is 100% preventable(totally not true and my dog is proof of that) with HEARTGARD Chewables, satisfaction guaranteed! All you have to do to protect your dog from the threat of heartworm disease is to give HEARTGARD Chewables once a month and use as otherwise directed.
Protecting Pets. Protecting People – Now there is a crock if I ever read one!!
"You want the best for your pet. HEARTGARD brand products help you provide the best protection (oh really ??) for your pet against internal worms that may pose a serious threat to its health."
My vet is Deland Animal Hospital - Hwy 92 in Deland Florida - I do not care for them to get in the middle of this they have been wonderful through it all and there are ethics involved – but if you need documented information they have it.
A healthy dog with an undamaged immune system naturally resists fleas, ticks, and internal worms, including heartworm. It is the treatments that damage the immune system and impair health!
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