|Barked: Wed Apr 17, '13 1:15am PST |
|Sorry to hear about Star’s whipworms and Josie and Wiggle’s seizure disorders Sounds like a tough situation to be in.
If I were you, I would absolutely not let my vet pressure me into buying something that I did not feel comfortable giving my pet. My vet recently tried to do that with me, since her office was out of stock of Sentinel she tried to get me to switch to Trifexis (which one of my dogs is under the minimum weight requirement for and I am uncomfortable with the noted side effects of the comfortis portion of the drug in small breed dogs anyway), and then tried to get me to get heartgard (which they used to be on, but one of my dogs did not react well to it). It took some badgering and she tried to dissuade me, but I had her fax my dogs’ negative heartworm tests to another vet which had Sentinel in stock so I could purchase it and feel comfortable with what I was giving them.
I read SO many reviews when I was picking a heartworm preventative, and based on those reviews I chose Sentinel. So far I have been very happy with it- so much in fact, that I have gone out of my way to acquire it for my dogs during the Norvartis plant shut down which caused a big shortage of the drug.
That said, just because it works for my dogs doesn’t mean it would work for yours- mine don’t have seizure disorders, and that is definitely something that needs to be kept in mind when finding the best option for your pups. If it were me, I’d be wary of what the drug reps tell you… their job, after all, IS to SELL their company’s drug… And I would ABSOLUTELY be firm with a vet who’s primary interest was profit from selling medications they had on hand rather than taking your pet’s personal needs into account. Research your options. Read reviews, as many as you can, and especially pay attention to those done by people who own dogs who also have seizure issues and/or are in the same breed/weight category. Any medication has risks and benefits, and finding the one with the best ratio for your pets’ particular needs is the way to go.
That said, I would absolutely be wary of giving Trifexis to any dog with seizures or any small dog based on the reviews I remember reading. From what I remember, Sentinel had FAR fewer negative reactions reported, and the ones that were reported were less severe. The difference between the two are the medications dealing with fleas; Sentinel has lufenuron (Program)- a flea egg inhibitor that destroys the flea’s ability to reproduce. Trifexis has spinosad (Comfortis), a pesticide which kills any fleas that bite the animal. Looking at reviews for those two drugs (which are in the two choices you have right now) also helped me make my decision, and maybe it can help you make yours too.
That said, also keep an open mind to other alternatives if they are available- learn as much as you can about all of your options before making a decision. Good luck!!
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