Can you give Ivermectin to an Austrailian Shepard?

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  1. Kshobbit

    Kshobbit Well-Known Member

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    A friend and I were discussing giving Ivermec monthly for heartworm preventative. I know you can not give this to Collies or their close relatives. Or to cats but that is another story. :no:
    Does anyone know if it is okay to give Ivermectin to an Austrailian Shepherd?
    Thanks for the help...
     
  2. SherrieC

    SherrieC Well-Known Member

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    I didn't think you could give that to any dogs.
     

  3. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

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    I have treated cats with ivermectim with good results. I think if you will do a check to determine the contents of heartworm medicine for dogs you will find ivermectin as an ingredient. It all has to do with correct doseage. I would not give it to the collie/herding types however.
     
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    countrygrrrl PITA

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    It's my understanding that you should NOT give it to Australian Shepherds.

    Depending on what the problem is, there's good alternatives. For heartworm preventative, there's something with a really funny name --- something like ibelymycin ??? :confused: :confused: which is completely safe for Aussies.
     
  5. kabri

    kabri Almst livin the good life

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    NO, NO, NO! I've raised aussies for about 14 years now, and don't even let my dogs out into the pasture where sheep have pooped after worming the flock with ivermec. It is just as bad for them as it is for collies. There are alternatives for them, like interceptor. It's wonderful that you are looking into it in advance!
     
  6. Kshobbit

    Kshobbit Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much. I had a feeling that the Aussie was included in the "collie type" warning. I try to always check before medicating any of my critters and also check on any new meds for myself as I am allergic to many things.
    Thank you again and have a great day!
     
  7. Dances In Woods

    Dances In Woods Well-Known Member

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    yes, aussie's are one of the "collie" breeds
    Glad you asked before doing. :)
     
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    Nan(TX) Well-Known Member

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    This is a great thread. Thanks for posting!
     
  9. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the information. We are getting our Aussie on Sept. 4. Can't wait to get her. Can you post photos of yours? We will do the same if we can figure out how.