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Unread 06-07-2007, 10:26 AM   #1
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Can it be possible that dogs get the diarrea from the HeartGuard heartworm tablets? I have noticed the past few days both Flip and Lilly has the runs and wondering if it from the heartworm tablets I gave them on monday. Last month it seemed like they had it too but I thought maybe it was there dog food with all the recalls and stuff but now maybe not. Has anyone had this problem with their dogs? What can I give Lilly and Flip to um, whats the word, make them more 'solid' ? Thanks for reading

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Unread 06-07-2007, 10:53 AM   #2
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Ozzy had reactions to both Interceptor and Heartguard. It made him very snappy & almost aggressive. In addition, he peed every 10 or 15 minutes for the first six hours or so but I didn't notice any problem with his stools at that time (was long ago, so I'm not sure).
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okay - saw this after I saw the other post. Short answer: yes, it's possible. As to what to do to "solidify" - someone else will have to answer that. I know what works in humans but don't know if it's safe for dogs.

http://heartgard.us.merial.com/downl...nformation.pdf

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PRECAUTIONS: All dogs should be tested for existing heartworm infection before starting treatment with HEARTGARD Plus which is not effective against adult D. immitis. Infected dogs must be treated to remove adult heartworms and microfilariae before initiating a program with HEARTGARD Plus.
While some microfilariae may be killed by the ivermectin in HEARTGARD Plus at the recommended dose level, HEARTGARD Plus is not effective for microfilariae clearance. A mild hypersensitivity-type reaction, presumably due to dead or dying microfilariae and particularly involving a transient diarrhea, has been observed in clinical trials with ivermectin alone after treatment of some dogs that have circulating microfilariae.
Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children.

ADVERSE REACTIONS: In clinical field trials with HEARTGARD Plus, vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours of dosing was rarely observed (1.1% of administered doses). The following adverse reactions have been reported following the use of HEARTGARD: Depression/lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, mydriasis, ataxia, staggering, convulsions and hypersalivation.
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retriever crazy I do not know if this is related or not, but Zircon was sick recently. It may or may not have had something to do with worms-we may never know. He got sick a day or so after I gave him the chewable Heartgard.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=8739
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For a stool firmer, try a bit of plain canned pumpkin. About 1-2 tablespoons each.

Bananas are also great stool firmers.

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Bruno used to get sick the same day too....I used to use Heartgard but have switched to Value heart....much cheaper and it's not a chewable but a pill. I can make sure that it gets swallowed.....makes it much easier cause he didn't like the chewable....
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Bananas are also great stool firmers.
That's what I was going to suggest but didn't know if they were safe for dogs.

I know they work (too) well on humans sometimes
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That's what I was going to suggest but didn't know if they were safe for dogs.

I know they work (too) well on humans sometimes

Yep, they are fine for dogs. 3/4 of my dogs LOVE them.
For special occasions, I often use pureed bananas & yogurt as a frozen treats.

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Yes, your dog can get diarrhea from Heargard. My sheltie kept getting intermittent diarrhea, and my vet put two and two together. Shelties, he said, are known to have some problems in this regard with Heartgard. I switched him to Interceptor and have had no troubles since. My other sheltie has been fine on the Heartguard.

Talk to your vet and possibly try to switch to Interceptor. You may find that is the problem with your dogs.
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Yep, they are fine for dogs. 3/4 of my dogs LOVE them.
For special occasions, I often use pureed bananas & yogurt as a frozen treats.
Good to know. Thanks much!
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