145 people responded to the survey on Preventative use.
Thank you all for participating and especially those who sent me funny comments. I laughed out loud several times when reading what some of you put in the comments section.
If you want to see the final results, click here
So, each year I have historically chosen one heartworm/intestinal worm preventative and one flea/tick preventative. I think that we will have one product that does it all soon, but for now we have a myriad of choices. This is what many of you rely on us for….to let you know what we recommend.
I have decided to carry two heart worm/intestinal worm preventatives in the clinic:
1)Sentinel Spectrum–the one we used last year is cool because it covers all intestinal worms, does a good job on heart worm and has the extra added of preventing fleas. I am sure we saw less fleas explosions last year because we routinely used this product.
2)Heartgard–this one has been around for a long time. We carried it years ago. It doesn’t prevent fleas, and it misses tapeworms and whipworms, but there is an awesome rebate when you use one of the flea tick products (Nexgard).
We will also carry two flea/tick preventatives:
1)Advantix–still effective, a lot of people like it because of that. This is the topical medication that was our default for the past few years.
2)Nexgard–has been out for greater than a year, I avoided recommending it last year because it was new and I wanted to a make sure that its safety profile was as good as the manufacturer said. It was, and 73.7% of Kindred Spirits surveyed said they would prefer an oral medication.
Well, its here!
In addition, we will have Comfortis, Frontline, Sentinel, Interceptor, and Bravecto (oral good for 3 months),Trifexis, Vectra3D on our online pharmacy. We have opinions on all of them, so if you have any questions….feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the other cool thing about the online pharmacy is you can creep on us and see the cost of different products. Some vets have a big display in their waiting room and I decided to never do that….but the one disadvantage is that its hard to shop at Kindred Spirits….not anymore!
For those of you who don’t like change: Advantix for fleas/ticks and Sentinel Spectrum will be a safe choice.
For those of you who don’t like those, or do like change, Nexgard for fleas/ticks and Heartgard are for you.
For both you risk averse types, as well as the risk takers, you will undoubtedly love our NEW WEBSITE!
(sorry, best segue I could come up with)
We have been working together with Sutherland-Weston for the past few months to bring a new look to the website that will feature the community and will be more friendly to mobile devices.
Thank you all who donated your pet’s faces to our new website. You will recognize some of the pictures as previous Kindred Spirits Photo Contest contestants!
Lastly, we have 5 spots available to the talk on Helping Your Pet Age Gracefully….March 15th, 11am, at the clinic.
I think that’s all I have this week.