Having Fun In Idaho
We are loving our boy, Duke! He loves to play with other doggies, go on bike rides and run, and is a big snuggle bug!
He does tend to chew anything he can get his paws on! ;)Thank you again for breeding such wonderful dogs and taking such great care of them!Was wondering if you have any recommendations for flea medication? How long you normally use this for (or should we have him on one continuously? We are going to be taking him to a daycare/boarding and they require being on flea control. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.
~There are so many factors to consider
We always suggest you approach medications with caution. Avoid Rimadyl as well as the generic form of this anti-inflammatory drug. There are other choices. In our experience, we have known of four Weims who developed seizures so severe that the unthinkable happened–they crossed over the rainbow bridge.
Any vaccine as well as medication–take pause and ask yourself if you are Holistic in your approach. More is not better. Vaccine reactions can trigger on-going immune system issues. The protocol for the Weimaraner is based on their best interest. Once there has been a severe reaction you cannot undo it. Flea medication seems innocuous. It is also very confusing. There is always some new treatment touted by even the most beloved Vet. Do your research.
A lot of people use a monthly heartworm treatment that protects against fleas and ticks too! There is a new one that causes us concern because of the reports. Even if other breeds or some Weimaraners are using it without a problem, we take pause in reading some of the online reports. Trifexis is one (the other we have read about is Comfortis) of the newer ones and we suggest you click here and read this report. Thank you, for taking the time. The old standby (Heartguard) would be a better choice in our opinion. Whatever choice you make, watch closely and discontinue if your Weimaraner doesn’t seem to respond well.
- One person’s experience
- Lawsuit — Heartguard <= contains Ivermectin
- Ivermectin poses a risk to some dogs
- Another read that talks about various options
If you are thinking more of treating or managing fleas only here are some links:
- Natural Flea and Tick
- FDA Report
- Home and Garden
- Information about fleas and flea treatment–not safety per say
- Weimaraner Notes on flea bites and treating reactions
There is no simple answer to the treatment option. Just keep in mind your Veterinary means to do no harm. Nevertheless, their practice is broad-based, and you have to be prepared. Most do not see that many Weims. Ask yourself if only about 10% (of all the Weimaraners) have a violent or life-threatening reaction what are the odds of your Vet having seen this a problem? We think the likelihood to be slim to none. We always suggest you take the less risky option for the beloved Weimaraner. Thank You!
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Nicole, we appreciate you reaching out for our advice. We hope something here helps you and others make an informed decision. If anyone is reading this and you have information to share about your experience we encourage you to post a comment. It would be greatly appreciated by the OwyheeStar community.
Posted on April 28, 2017, in Blue Weims, Companion Weimaraner, Mesquite X Stackhouse, Previous Pup Update, Raising Versatile Hunting Weims and tagged Blue Weimaraner, Blue Weims, Fleas and the Weimaraner, Holistic, Idaho Weimaraners, Medications and the Weimaraner. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.