Author Topic: Thoughts on new HW preventative (Trifexis) and new NB Formula (Alpha)?  (Read 5578 times)

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One of our vets posted about a new HW pill on FB the other day. Was just curious if anyone's heard of it, used it, etc?
Trifexis: http://www.trifexis.com/Default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

It supposedly kills fleas, prevent HW and treats hookworm and other intestinal parasites. I usually use Heartgard or Interceptor, but thought I'd see what others think of this stuff. I hate using anything...but HW is pretty bad here and with the amount of skeeters even in our own yard and that get into the house, I hate risking them. I dont keep them on it year round tho, but it's getting time to start up again....we've had a few get into the house last week. :thumbsdown:

And, I noticed the other day at Petco that they have a new Natural Balance formula that looks pretty good. Anyone hear anything about the Alpha Formula?

http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/alpha_dog.html

Grady's yearst is finally GONE and he's been on the Allergy LID Salmon formula, but thinking of maybe trying this every now and then just for some rotation.
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No opinions really cuz I do such I limited HW treatment...I started using Ivermectin and only give when we have those optimal conditions.
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Yeh...not a big fan either, but we are reaching optimal season here for us in NC and altho I pretty much treated them once or twice last year, I'm just interested in if this may or may not be a better option. I generally do 45-60 days, so a 6mos pack lasts me thru the "season" for both dogs, as I really only treat late spring to end of summer and I usually have one or two pills leftover. I still use garlic and they have never had fleas, so not worried about that as a benefit of this stuff, I just know nothing about the ingredients. :inquisitive:
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I read an article the other day on resistance in HW to the meds that are out there.  They said that it is no longer safe to go 6 weeks on the ivermectin (what I give my dogs) and other meds (they mentioned interceptor), and that you needed to give it a month after it was above 45-50 degrees day and night, and continue until it drops below that, and give one more dose since it kills the microfilaria from the month before.  

I think it was in WDJ, but I am not 100% sure on that since there is no telling what I was reading in this house.  I will look for it and post where it was for sure.

I haven't heard of these new products, but with all my guys, ivermectin is the most economical for me.  

I found the article, it is in the March issue of WDJ.  Here are the links they give.

http://www.heartwormsociety.org/AHS-Executive-Summary.pdf

http://www.heartwormsociety.org/CAPC-AHS.pdf

http://www.yourpetsbestfriend.com/your_pets_best_friend/2009/05/
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I work as a vet tech and we received Trifexis not to long ago.  After speaking with the company for awhile and doing some research I liked it.  But the medication for flea prevention in there, which the same company makes is called comfortis, may make your pet vomit the first time you use it for some reason.  That is the only draw back that it has.  That is why I haven't switched yet.  We use Heartgard and Frontline and that is still what I recommend.  Hope that helps.
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