Where is the best place to buy HW meds. I got mine from a place in Australia, but I have a new computer and cannot find their site. Any suggestions?
My husband has been selling a lot of the iverheart, really likes it for the tapeworm prevention. One dose of tapeworm meds is quite expensive ($40-$50 for the average lab).ShotGunWillie said:has anyone used Iverheart, according to what I have read it is half the price of Heartguard and prevents/controls other worms, unlike heartguard.
Thought about straight ivermectin, but little concerned myself.
Because of product packaging, form(liquid vs chewable), marketing, sales, the cost of R&D, and the fact that the market will support it. Face it, we are the minority of pet owners whether we want to believe it or not. The majority of pet owners don't know any better. They are willing to pay more. They want a product that is easy to administer with as little hassle as possible. Can you see the average Joe trying to calculate the dosages for all of his different pets? Many live in a city and have no idea what Tractor Supply is. In this day and age you pay for convenience. I'll get off my soapbox now.Julie R. said:I don't understand why the dog meds are so much higher than the livestock meds when the drug itself is apparently quite cheap.
If this occurred in dogs using both US and overseas meds, then it looks like something doesn't work very well. Care to share the meds that were being taken. Would cause me serious concern if I'm paying for a med that doesn't work as advertised and is putting my dogs at risk regardless of whoever ends up paying for the treatment.Not to tangent your thread, but I want to pass the word that I've seen firsthand regarding purchasing Heartworm Meds online. In the past year, a rash of flatland dogs in the southeast that were on multiple brands of HW preventive were diagnosed with Heartworms. As I put in a previous post, I know several of the owners, and can vouch that the meds were administered in a timely and consistant fashion. So when it came time to hold the manufacturer's feet to the fire for coverage of the $800-$1000 treatment, the first question was "where's your documentation of purchasing the meds from your vet?". The bottom line in all of the cases was that if one could show receipts proving purchase of the meds from a vet for the particular infected dog, and the particular dog was tested for a baseline (with negative results), and then tested 6 weeks later (with negative results) all within the same timeframe, then the treatment was covered (from both major manufacturers). However, in the cases where the meds were bought on-line, neither manufacturer would honor the cost of the treatment. Period. I can't quote any specific reasoning for the manufacturer's stance, but those are the facts that I can vouch for.
So my stance on it is that the extra $20 to even $100 your paying for (depending on the # of dogs you buy for) by purchasing from the vet is good "insurance" in the event that you need it for a heartwork treatment.
To caviat this, I'd also mention that if one opts to buy online and not bother with the manufacturer backing for treatment, then one would be better off buying straight "Ivomec 1% Swine and Cattle" from a place like Tractor Supply Co (less than $40 for a bottle which averages 100 doses at .1cc per 10lbs), and using the money saved from manufacturer meds to pay for treatment, in the event it is needed. I'm definitely no vet so I'm in no way prescribing this method, just passing the word along.
Ounces of prevention Regards,