|Barked: Thu May 26, '11 2:55pm PST |
|Dogster is pro-reason. Pro-rationality.
There is nothing rational when someone is running around saying HWP is going to make all your dogs unhealthy.
You should use HWP if you live in an area where there are lots of mosquitoes. We live right in front of a wooded area with a lot of stagnant water so mosquitoes are crazy.
If you live in a hot dry area like Phoenix, Arizona, or a place where it is cold year-round (or drops below freezing almost every night), it's probably an unnecessary preventative.
If your dog shows side effects I would of course cease using it but considering how deadly the treatment is you shouldn't go off it unless it is simply not a risk factor in your area.
The "Interceptor" brand uses a different active ingredient than Ivermectin so if you have a herding breed you might want to consider that. I can't remember the exact name at the moment.
There are no natural remedies with any proven efficacy for HWP. There are a few natural repellents that you could use, but nothing that will kill the larvae if they get in the bloodstream.
The treatment is often deadly, usually has lasting and life-long side effects if they do survive, and requires MONTHS of crate rest which for even a middle-aged herding breed would be very, very difficult.
Much safer to have your dog on HWP than not. Don't succumb to the fear-mongering. There's a lot of that even here on Dogster. People want you to think anything "conventional" is going to kill your dog, etc, it's ridiculous.
In the dog health world you have all sorts of websites which claim to be authoritative and all they really are, is a bunch of people who are looking for a scapegoat and wanted to blame HWP/flea meds/etc/whatever. Even if all those cases could be definitely proven to be linked to HWP/flea meds/etc, they represent an absolutely microscopic number compared to the dogs who have NO problems from HWP.
Edited by author Thu May 26, '11 2:56pm PST
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