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Beware Of Sentinel Heartworm Medication


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Hi everyone,

 

I'm just back from an emergency visit to the vet with my girl Winnie, who had a pretty bad bout of explosive, bloody diarrhea and vomiting this morning. She also refused to eat her breakfast, wouldn't even touch boiled chicken breast and, worst of all considering how hot it's been in the last few days, didn't want to drink at all. Winnie had a similar, but much less severe GI episode last month and it seems like they are both connected to the Sentinel heartworm medication I switched her to this spring. Both times Winnie started acting weird two days after I gave her her Sentinel pill, and developed anorexia and really bad diarrhea that would not respond to bland diet. By the time we got to the vet's office today, she was very dehydrated and definitely not being herself. My vet, who is great and very knowledgable about greyhounds, agreed that Sentinel was most likely what made Winnie sick. I know all dogs are different, but would still like to warn people about the possible severe side effects of this medication in greyhounds and suggest they stick to good old Heartguard instead!

 

Winnie is doing a little better now, which is what really matters, but we're now left with huge vet bills to pay, courtesy of Sentinel!

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Sorry Winnie had such a hard time. Heartgard Plus is what used to give my dogs diarrhea, although the vet said it probably was the flavoring rather than the medication itself that got to them.

 

Interceptor is back on the market, but be advised that it (and Trifexis) have the same primary active ingredient as Sentinel.

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Stella has had one round of Sentinel Spectrum, and also handled it just fine. I hope she continues to do so, and I hope Winnie feels much better soon!

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If your vet feels that Sentinel is most likely what made Winnie sick, did they report it to the manufacturer? Sometimes the company will even help cover the cost of treatment. Not sure how Virbac handles issues like this since they just recently took over Sentinel from Novartis, but it wouldn't hurt to look into it.

 

Any medication has the potential for side effects and individuals can have unusual reactions. Heartworm preventative in general is very safe and the vast majority of dogs don't have any problems. Sentinel isn't any more likely to cause problems than any of the other products available.

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I'm sorry this happened, but I don't think this is a greyhound specific thing. My pit bull mix got sick after taking several different things. Some dogs are just more sensitive to chemicals than others, just like people.


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My old Alaskan malamute also got sick after taking Sentinel. We switched her to another one (I can't remember what was in the Sentinel that the vet said likely made her ill) and she was fine.

 

Some dogs just don't react well to certain chemicals, while the majority are usually fine. You may want to try a skin topical instead of a pill if your pup is sensitive.

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I'm sorry you and your pup went through this. Greyhounds are one of the breeds that can have adverse reactions to heart worm meds, not common but can happen. There are a couple of natural options you may want to look into.

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P.S. My vet won't even prescribe Sentinal because they believe it's not as effective in preventing heartworm as the other choices.

 

I'm curious why your vet feels Sentinel is less effective? Interceptor, Sentinel, and Trifexis all contain the same heartworm preventative ingredient, and from what I've seen working in an area with a lot of heartworm disease, they are just as effective as the other options.

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