Heartworm treatment: Trifexis

ShinBi is being treated with Trifexis.

According to 1800petmeds.com:

Trifexis is a chewable tablet that kills fleas and prevents infestations, protects against heartworms, and treats and controls adult hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm infections.

Benefits:
Begins killing biting fleas within 30 minutes
Kills fleas before they can lay eggs
Prevents heartworm disease
Treats and controls roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms
Artificial beef flavor made from pork liver and hydrolyzed soy
Easy to administer chewable tablet

How it works:
Spinosad, an active ingredient in Trifexis, starts to work within 30 minutes to kill fleas and has been proven to kill 100% of all biting fleas within 4 hours. Trifexis also kills flea eggs before they can mature, which helps to end the flea life cycle. Trifexis prevents heartworm disease by killing microfilariae and larvae from maturing into adult heartworms.

Cautions:
Serious adverse reactions have been reported following concomitant extra-label use of ivermectin with spinosad alone, one of the components of Trifexis chewable tablets. Use with caution in breeding females. The safe use of Trifexis in breeding males has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with pre-existing epilepsy. Puppies less than 14 weeks of age may experience a higher rate of vomiting.

Side Effects:

Average Monthly Rate (%) of Dogs With Adverse Reactions
Adverse Reaction Trifexis Chewable Tablets2 Active Control Tablets2
Vomiting 6.13 3.08
Pruritus (itching) 4.00 4.91
Lethargy 2.63 1.54
Diarrhea 2.25 1.54
Dermatitis 1.47 1.45
Skin Reddening 1.37 1.26
Decreased appetite 1.27 1.35
Pinnal Reddening 1.18 0.87
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