Also, which is better, pills or topicals? I’m asking because my dog does not like…

Also, which is better, pills or topicals? I’m asking because my dog does not like to swallow her trifexis pill and I’ve tried every method to get her to swallow it.

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

Jana is right about different chemical to kill different parasites.  However I like to use Revolution for the heartworm — and it also kills fleas and the mites that cause mange.  In my experience nothing works well on ticks so I just use a flea comb when we come indoors from areas that host ticks (meadows with tall grass in the woods) to comb out the ticks before they attach.  Revolution is a topical (goes between the should blades) — some people worry about any spot-on topical leading to cancer of the spine — but my thought is that Heartworm,… Read more »

Jana Rade
5 years ago

Different parasites, different chemicals to kill them. For example, Trifexis has spinosad + milbemycin oxime. Milbemycin oxime to kill baby heartworms, spinosad for the rest. This is the only one that takes care of all three as far as I know. There seem to be some topicals for HW prevention but I don’t know if I would trust them.. There are injections available (ProHeart SR-12), you might want to research and talk to your vet about that. Between heartworm and flea/ticks, heartworm is the one I’d worry about the most; I’m religious about keeping up effective prevention. Fleas/ticks depend on… Read more »