My pups went to the vet today and I was given a sample of Heartgard Plus for each of them. I noticed the sample they were given was for "dogs up to 25lbs" and this is the lowest dose marketed. I'm just wondering if it's just me or has anyone else felt uncomfortable giving their little 2lb puppy the same dose of medication that a 25 lb puppy would get???
I used the net to look up the studies done on this drug and noticed that in the research dogs, a minimum of 6 mcg/kg of ivermectin and 5 mg of pyrantel ( the two drugs in heartgard plus) was proven effective. So why should I give a little 2 lb puppy (less than 1 kg) MORE THAN TEN TIMES the dose she actually needs just because the pharmaceutical company finds it convient to market and package it in only 3 different weight ranges??? It's not as if there are no potential side effect either. I'm seriously considering giving at the very most only 1/3 of this chewable thing to each of them.
Anyone else ever bothered by this or am I just being a weirdo???
Here’s what doesn’t make sense. Implying that the whole pill medication is not distributed. Evenly can also imply that the next pill in that package might not have the correct dosage either. What I mean by this is if they stir up a batch of this stuff and pour it into a mold the medication might not be evenly distributed between the eight pills or six pills you get in your package. That would imply negligence as far as I’m concerned in producing a medication that’s necessary for a prescription.
The other part of this is that flea medication‘s are given by weight. You are sold let’s say 3 cc in a vile and told to apply the whole amount to your dog weighing this X number of pounds , did you know that you could get the larger vial and just administer the appropriate dose for your dog from the larger vial which would go three or four treatments per tube? It’s a gimmick medication is administered by dosage. And try as you might, you cannot find the correct dosage for ivermectin, unless You give your dog a pill rather than heart guard
I have four dogs in my household. I buy the canine Advantix in the 60 pound dosage one dog gets the whole dosage and the other three split a whole vial in 4 cc as they only weighs 7 pounds. You can buy the six pack for each dog and spend 100 bucks per six months per dog or you can buy the larger dosage and just split it up and get a whole year out of that for all three dogs. And it is done by weight. which is how most medication’s are administered so heart guard is lying to us. The veterinarians are lying to us. There is no such thing as a pill that does not have even distribution from pill to pill-as a medication.
None of this makes sense to me that you cannot split a heart guard.
Giving a 1 pound of the same dosage as a 25 pound dog is like giving an infant the same medication as a grown adult. An infant weighs 10 pounds? And 25 times that is 250 pounds so they don’t make any sense to me and I’m a nurse……RN… their logic escapes me. And I would love it if the FDA would weigh in on this, because they just seem to ignore it.