Pros and Cons of Different Heartworm Prevention

Dr. Rosenberry thought it would be a good idea if we posted the pros and cons of the different heartworm preventions on the market. Here is a list of the top 4:

ProHeart: Pros – Only given two times a year so you don’t have to remember giving it every month.
Cons – It’s only heartworm prevention, no flea prevention included. Also, your pet needs to come in and receive an injection from a veterinarian, it cannot be given at home.

Heartgard: Pros – Tasty, easy to give
Cons – Must remember every month, also only heartworm prevention

Trifexis: Pros – Heartworm AND flea control and also kills adult fleas.
Cons – Must remember every month, bad taste which causes many dogs to refuse it, may cause vomiting

Sentinel: Pros – Heartworm and flea control, prevents fleas from reproducing
Cons – must remember every month, does not kill adult fleas, all pets in the household have to be on it for it to be effective

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Our Doctors’ Favorite Heartworm Prevention

We always get questions on heartworm prevention. Mainly, clients want to know what heartworm prevention is the best. So we asked our veterinarians and here is what they said:

Dr. Smith: “I have two heartworm preventive favorites one for the most bang for your buck called Trifexis, it covers heartworm and intestinal worms (hooks rounds and whips, some of which infect people) and it kills fleas for one month. Unfortunately some dogs find the taste awful and will not take the pill, I own such a dog. For her I use my alternate favorite preventive, Heartgard. It comes in a very tasty pill. It prevents heartworms and hooks and round intestinal worms, but not fleas. So I use Nexgard for fleas and ticks which also comes in a tasty pill. I believe the pills are tasty but only from observing the dogs; I personally have not tried them.”

Dr. Rosenberry: “ProHeart because you only have to think about it twice a year.”

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Dr. Rosenberry Discusses Hit By Car Case

Dr. Rosenberry discusses a case. Toby, a domestic shorthair cat, was found wounded by his owner after being hit by a car.

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Great New Drug To Help With Your Itchy Dog

Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health, has released Apoquel, a new drug in tablet form that controls your dogs itching. It is safe and effective within hours of administration. We are recommending it for most dogs that have itching problems, especially those on medications that have negative side effects. Watch the video below to see Dr. Smith discuss Apoquel.

Apoquel – New Drug To Control Your Dog’s Itching from Bay Road Animal Hospital on Vimeo.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe on Valentine’s Day

Chocolate isn’t the only thing to keep away from your pets on Valentine’s Day. Check out this article to see what else is toxic to your pets.


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Three Simple Steps to Dental Care

Pet owners can brush up on their four-legged friends’ oral care by following three simple guidelines outlined by the American Veterinary Dental Society:

  • Take your pet to get a dental exam. Your pet should have a routine veterinarian examination, including a careful examination of his teeth and gums, at least once a year.
  • Start an at-home regimen. Ask your veterinarian to suggest nutritional supplements and a regular teeth brushing schedule or a specially formulated food proven to help remove plaque and tarter from your pet’s teeth.
  • Schedule dental cleanings. Take your pet for regular dental checkups.

Stages of Dental Disease:


Signs Of Dental Disease

  • Bad breath
  • Loose or discolored teeth or teeth covered in tartar
  • Your pet is not comfortable with you touching within the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight


Your pet’s dental health is just as important as your own; if your pet shows any of these signs, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Rodent Poison Alert

Bromethalin was ingested by a Yorkie recently. It is a grain based bait. The block of poison was not in a bait station (box). The dog readily ate the end of the bait. The company that makes the poison confirmed there is no antidote. The poison kills by causing swelling in the brain with eventual paralysis and death. Luckily, we got the dog to throw up his stomach contents eliminating much of the ingested poison. We followed this with activated charcoal to bind the remaining poison. The dog survived due to early recognition of the poison and timely treatment.

PLEASE be careful with all rodent poisons. Place them where pets cannot get to them. Be especially careful Bromethalin as there is no antidote.

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Flu Shot For Your Dog?

I saw this article on dog flu (Canine Influenza) and thought I would share a few thoughts:

Canine Influenza seems to be more common in the northeast United States. Dogs coming from the northeast to dog shows in the southeast, where we are, carry the virus. We recommend a canine influenza vaccine for all dogs showing or going to dog shows. Since the vaccine only lessens the symptoms of the disease rather than prevent the symptoms, we only recommend the vaccine for dogs at a high risk of exposure.

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Are Wellness Exams Worth While?

In cats diagnosed with early kidney disease, before symptoms occur, proper treatments can extend life 2-3 years.

Dogs treated for early teeth infections (periodontal disease) have a 23% less chance of kidney failure thus extending life expectancy.

These are just two examples of the benefits of yearly exams and tests for your pet.

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Trifexis Complaints and Link to Lethargy and Possible Death

The recent complaints and Facebook groups that blame Trifexis for multiple deaths in dogs has become a hot topic recently. The vets at Bay Road Animal Hospital will continue to use and recommend Trifexis. If you choose to not use Trifexis, be sure your dog is on another heartworm prevention! Call us for more information.

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