I've read on many forums that some people use 1% injectable Ivermectin (the kind for livestock) instead of Heartgard and the like on their dogs. Among the reading I've done, it seems to be something that quite a few kennels, shelters, breeders, farmers, and others who have multiple dogs to treat use, though many regular dog owners use it as well. Many of the people stated that their vets gave them the dosage of one tenth ml per 100 pounds of body weight, given ORALLY. Does anybody have experience with this?
I remember reading something similar from here: Desperate Measures: Home Mange Cure
They used it to cure a feral cat from mange. I guess the dosage is something you have to be very careful with, but otherwise it seems like a much cheaper alternative to buying the one pre-made for dogs and cats (in terms of dosage).
I found this post on another forum. I guess this is supposed to be closer to the amount of ivermectin in Heartgard...
this was very informative. Thanks for the info.
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You've gotten some great replies already but just wanted to add I've been giving Ivermectin horse paste for HW prevention for about 4-5 years now and never had issues with overdosing, toxicity or side effects. Nor have I had any dogs with heartworm, and some summers can get pretty infested over here. I also never take them in for a routine screening test before starting, only do the testing every other year or two. Its saved me easily $1,500 per year with the amount of dogs I have.
I do use ivermectin 1% for my pack, all but my yorkies. I had always gone by the 0.1cc/10lb rule. My dogs do still get vetted yearly for a physical, titers and heart worm check and all of that. My vet is aware and ok with me using the ivomec 1%. It really has saved me a ton of money and honestly, my guys have never had a problem taking it.
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We have done this for years. We used the 1% Ivermec, .1cc/10 lb of weight per dog. Got a batch of 1cc syrnges from a guy who works for a medical supply company, got the doseage from a vet in our local sled dog club, but still ran it by our vet. I was scared to death the first time I did it years ago though. It has saved us a ton of $$ over the years when we had 5-6 dogs at a time. However now that we only have two dogs I just purchase what we need and I only give it every 40-45 days from May-December here.
Awesome. Thanks, all! I have five dogs and this is something that will save me money as well. Heartgard gets expensive with so many dogs!
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