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Heartworm injections?

I took my puppy to the vet yesterday to get his last set of shots and our vet recommended we get the Heartworm injection when he gets 6mo old. He said it lasts for 6 months. He Aldo said that FDA just approved an injection that lasts for a full year, but that the pup has to be 1yr old to get it. He told us that Australia has had this drug on the market for 20yrs. Right now we’re doing Advantage Multi once a month. Any thoughts or negative information on doing this? Sorry if this topic has been covered before! I did a search but couldn’t find anything.
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I haven't heard of this before but my philosophy for any new medicine/immunizations for people is to wait a couple of years to see if any unintended consequences arise (unless there are no other alternative medicines). Personally, I wouldn't give it to my dog until it's been used for several years since there are alternatives known to be relatively safe. Maybe it's not new, I've just never heard of it.


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Back in the early 2000's there was a proheart injection yes- but it was removed from the market.
Unless it is impossible for you to use a calendar, it is imo not a big deal to remember on the first to give a HW preventative, one that (if something goes wrong) isn't impossible to remove from your dog's system...

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There are some threads here on the Forum about the Proheart 6 injection, if you use the Search feature they will come up. One member lost her dog after he received it.

As Prism mentioned in her post, Proheart 6 was pulled from the market in 2004 due to adverse reactions to many dogs and several dying from it. It was released again back on the Market in 2008.

Here is the article about it-

https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/080715m.aspx

Here is a portion of an article from the FDA about it-

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ProHeart 6 was approved in 2001, then voluntarily removed from the market in 2004 after reports of adverse events, including death, anaphylaxis, seizures, elevated liver enzymes, and immune-related blood problems. The FDA worked with the drug maker (at the time, Fort Dodge Animal Health), to develop a voluntary Risk Minimization Action Plan (RiskMAP) for ProHeart 6 that set several conditions in place, including restricted distribution of the drug to veterinarians who had completed specific training and certification, informed consent on the part of dog owners prior to treatment, revised product labeling with additional safety and risk information, and the establishment of certain criteria that dogs should meet to determine whether treatment with the drug was appropriate. The RiskMAP also encouraged veterinarians and pet owners to report adverse events associated with the product to the FDA. The drug sponsor also worked to eliminate residual solvents resulting from the manufacture of the product and that may have contributed to the reported adverse events. When ProHeart 6 returned to the market with the implementation of the RiskMAP, reports involving death, including reports of death associated with anaphylactic reactions, decreased. Since that time, the conditions imposed by the ProHeart 6 RiskMAP have been revised based on the FDA’s continued close monitoring of reports of adverse events. The drug maker has added ProHeart 12 to the existing RiskMAP for ProHeart 6 to ensure the safe use of both products.
You can view the entire article here, it also discusses Proheart 12 that has been released.

https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinar...m-disease-dogs



I would discuss your options with your Vet, certain preventatives work better than others based on where you live, your temperatures, weather conditions, etc.

I have used Heartgard Plus for many years, my guys have never had any problems, reactions etc., and they have always tested negative for HW at their yearly exam.
I prefer to use a monthly dose vs. a preventative that is for 6 months or longer.

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I haven't heard of this before but my philosophy for any new medicine/immunizations for people is to wait a couple of years to see if any unintended consequences arise (unless there are no other alternative medicines). Personally, I wouldn't give it to my dog until it's been used for several years since there are alternatives known to be relatively safe. Maybe it's not new, I've just never heard of it.

This is how I operate, too. It's why I have not used Bravecto yet. I want to see how dogs do who are on it for their entire lives, who have litters on it, etc. I would love to give an oral tick prevention, but for now, I work on improving my application of the topical one every month!

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I haven't heard of this before but my philosophy for any new medicine/immunizations for people is to wait a couple of years to see if any unintended consequences arise (unless there are no other alternative medicines). Personally, I wouldn't give it to my dog until it's been used for several years since there are alternatives known to be relatively safe. Maybe it's not new, I've just never heard of it.
I do and recommend the same thing. Wait wait wait. I remember ProMeris for dogs came out vets were paid (kick backs) to discontinue frontline and advantage in their practice to use and recommend Promaris and it was causing problems in dogs (PF) "dogs being treated with ProMeris Duo run the risk of acquiring a variant of the condition pemphigus foliaceus (PF)." PF is an autoimmune skin disease in the form of lesions on the face and ears. They then reformulated it and renamed it to Vectra from what I was told at the time by a vet (can't say this is for a fact just their word)

Point is, anything new like this, i wait a couple years as well to see what comes of any side effects.

I haven't yet heard of this injectable heartworm preventative either.

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Wow! Thanks for all the information! I was skeptical about this and it’s really no hard to just give the monthly! I’ll definitely check out the links, but I don’t want to risk it. So far we’ve had no side effects from the Advantage Multi. My husband and I just have a time holding him still to get it on his skin and not his fur! I’m so glad I found this forum!
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I haven't heard of this before but my philosophy for any new medicine/immunizations for people is to wait a couple of years to see if any unintended consequences arise (unless there are no other alternative medicines). Personally, I wouldn't give it to my dog until it's been used for several years since there are alternatives known to be relatively safe. Maybe it's not new, I've just never heard of it.
I've worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a long time and I completely agree w/ Cwag. I always wait to recommend any new to the market drug until it's been out long enough to really know the potential adverse / side effects. I'm not familiar w/ this particular injection so I can't comment on the safety / efficacy of it as seen in Australia. Personally, I'd stick w/ the heart worm meds that have been used here for years and have a low incidence of adverse effects. If nothing negative comes out about the injection in about 5 years, I'd consider using it.

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Wow! Thanks for all the information! I was skeptical about this and it’s really no hard to just give the monthly! I’ll definitely check out the links, but I don’t want to risk it. So far we’ve had no side effects from the Advantage Multi. My husband and I just have a time holding him still to get it on his skin and not his fur! I’m so glad I found this forum!
Something that may help with the application of the spot on products... When I used them, I would use a flea comb to pull the fur to the side at the base of the neck and shoulders and that would give me a clear and straight access to the skin and would easily apply it without getting out all over the fur.

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Wow! Thanks for all the information! I was skeptical about this and it’s really no hard to just give the monthly! I’ll definitely check out the links, but I don’t want to risk it. So far we’ve had no side effects from the Advantage Multi. My husband and I just have a time holding him still to get it on his skin and not his fur! I’m so glad I found this forum!

There are oral heartworm preventions - very easy to give. They are like a little treat you give after a meal. There are several options - and they are often paired with flea and other parasite controls, so you'd want to make sure you aren't doubling up on a medication (say, if your dog is already getting a flea prevention with his tick prevention).

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