I don't think I explained that right as far as the clicks. If you are saying the tube has ten clicks then one tube would last ten months. I am on my second tube and she will be four in Feb. I will look at it again when I get home.Rboudet wrote: "The tube is for a 1250lb horse. I just broke it down to how much each increment on the plunger equaled. My dog is about 60-65 lbs which is equal to about one click on the tube. "
No offense but you are way way way overdosing your dog. The dose for horse worming is 91 mcg / lb of body weight. The dose for a dog is about 3 mcg / lb of body weight. Heartguard for a dog 51 -100 lbs is 272 mcg.
The tube is 6.08 grams of 1.87% ivermectin. That is 113,696 mcg of the drug. The tube is ten clicks so you are giving 11,400 mcg of ivermectin when 272 is all that is needed or about 42 times the needed dose.
So, push out 1 click on the syringe and give a tenth of that and you will still be about 3 or 4 times the needed dose.
Where the heck did you get cutting corners because of too many dogs? My TWO, that is TWO, did you get that, TWO dogs are on VET administered heartworm meds. I was curious. Go back to sleep, and get up on the other side of the bed.Why do this when the approved heartworm meds for dogs are safe and effective? If you really have to cut corners because you have so many dogs, maybe you ought to find another area. I am in constant disagreement with my training partner on this subject, so I'm not trying to be "holier than thou" at all. I just dont think saving a few bucks is worth the risk.
From someone who works with insecticides on a daily basis, I can tell you that ivermectin has very low mammalian toxicity. You would have to give your dog almost unthinkable amounts to do much damage.Is this cheaper? Has anyone seen a downside to doing it this way? For example, has anyone ever overdosed their dog to a toxic level?
The consistant or non-consistant dose is my vets concern. It is not too hard to figure out the dose, b ut is it consistant "mix".The paste tube has marks metered in 50lb doses per "click". My concern with the paste is do you get a consistant dose each time? Is there any guarantee that it is evenly mixed throughout or did a particular tube get a weaker portion of the mix from lets say the corner of the mixing vat thus making it less effective? It seems to me that the injectable liquid given orally would be a little more reliable.
I would believe that it is not consistent in the tube. What could be cheaper or more convenient than 1% liquid generic ivermectin using a 1cc syringe?!Just wanted to pass along what my vet told me about the paste... Many times the paste dose is not consistant. Because it is meant to be given as a whole to a 1250 lb horse, for them it does not matter. But when you are breaking up the doses into such a small quantity, you could be getting a lot of medicine in one dose and a lot of paste in the next. He also said something about the low absorption of the meds in this form. I have heard if you are going to go this route, that the liquid is much better. I have no first hand experience with this but it is just what was passed along to me.