|Barked: Thu Aug 2, '12 9:17am PST |
|So, it sounds like most of us are in the same boat- and we're all up the creek in it without paddles.
Zoe's not a herding breed, and her reaction to it is that of "adverse side effects"- diarrhea after taking it. I also had to argue it with my vet until I was blue in the face. "She's not a herding breed! She can't react!" I know that, she wasn't having neuro symptoms, she was suffering the side effects! Except I wasn't trying to say it happened days or a week later- two months in a row, she had diarrhea THREE HOURS to the minute after I gave it to her. That, to me, is a cut-and-dried adverse reaction. And like the above poster said, i'm afraid to keep going with it, out of fear that each time the reaction could be worse. An isolated incident of diarrhea is tolerable. If it progresses into a reaction that lasts hours and includes vomiting, that's dangerous.
I like that your vet is offering a free heartworm test. Wish my vet did the same.
So far, I've been winging it without anything but Frontline. She's not outside a whole lot, really just to go out to do her business. She hates the heat. I was going to try HeartGard (name brand) but Zoe got sick with some sort of stomach bug (does that happen to dogs?) and now that she's better, I don't want to rock the boat with anything that could upset her stomach again.
What irks me the most is that I feel it was up to me to find an alternative. Shouldn't that be the vets job? If I were taking blood pressure medicine and the manufacturer discontinued it, isn't it my doctors job to find a replacement?
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