Switched to Trifexis, experiencing side effects?
Hi all, new to the board here, but browse from time-to-time whenever my pup isn't feeling well. Bailey is my 6 year old golden retriever with a slight chow chow mix. I adopted her 3 years ago and she is extremely healthy - no history of heartworm, go on ~2 mile walks every night, on the Blue Buffalo diet for the past couple of years.
I give Bailey Sentinel for heartworms/fleas every month and during the summer flea season (I'm in Texas), she gets K9 Advantix. Due to the Sentinel shortage, my vet recommended Trifexis for the time being until they receive shipments of Sentinel again (they said 4-8 weeks) - my vet stated that Trifexis is a good replacement as it has the same heartworm meds as Sentinel, with the only difference being the flea meds associated.
I gave Bailey her breakfast with Trifexis this morning around 10am. She was her usual self. I gave her a rawhide strip at 2pm for a treat, her first in a couple of months. I left for a movie + dinner at 3pm and returned home around 8:30pm and noticed vomit on my bed (great). Took her for a walk around 9:30pm and she pooped several times - first was solid, but ensuing ones were liquid/diarrhea. She seemed a little tired, so we cut the walk short and headed home. Fed her dinner at 10pm - she didn't gobble it down like usual, but ate it all. She drank a normal amount of water after. Now at 11pm, she's tired and lethargic. Considering she didn't have much exercise, this is a little out of the ordinary for her.
After reading reviews online, I'm now weary of having given Bailey Trifexis. The medicine seems to cause side effects in a decent number of dogs. I wanted to get your opinion - should I be worried about my dog due to the Trifexis? I understand it might have caused her an upset stomach since the medicine is new and she's not used to it, but want to know your opinion. I'll be keeping a close eye on her the next couple of days.
Safe to say, I'll be switching over to something like Heartguard or Iverheart next month, until Sentinel gets restocked. I hear good things about Inceptor, but that seems to be manufactured by the same company as Sentinel. Is it bad for Bailey to have been on 3 different heartworm meds in 3 months?
Last edited by llamabucket; 05-21-2012 at 12:30 AM.