Friday, March 30, 2012

Drumroll please...a positive negative update!

Mila's adopters took her to the vet today for her follow up heartworm test. Mila is now officially Heartworm Negative! That's right, HW-. No more worms in her heart or lungs!

Everyone is so incredibly pleased. Rescue, vets, adopters and of course, Mila. She continues to get her monthly heartworm meds so that this never happens again.

And speaking of adopters, Mila is fully embracing the second chance she's gotten. Her new life, in her forever home, is one of walks on the beach, a whole family that loves her, and a sweet senior (both dogs say, who you callin' seniors!) companion named Steel. As one does with celebrity couples, we call them Stila.

Mila is truly blessed in her new life. Please consider adopting a senior. We are grateful to her family for doing so, and she pays them back every day with laughs and love.
Time for the beach!
Why yes, I will drive myself to the eye doctor.
Dr. Mila taking care of Steel during a bad belly episode.
We think Mila's first mom would be be pleased by the life Mila has now. We certainly are.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Novartis Suspends Production of Interceptor and Sentinel

More...and please remember to keep your dogs on heartworm meds...

Le sigh.

Posted by Mary Straus at 12:06PM - Comments: (9)
January 9, 2012
If you use these products, you may need to find alternatives.
It seems like every time I turn around these days, I hear about another drug shortage (more on that topic in an upcoming WDJ article). This time, it’s Novartis Animal Health announcing in late December that it has suspended production of Interceptor, Sentinel, and other drugs while its manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, undergoes “voluntary” improvements. Numerous human and animal over-the-counter drugs are manufactured at this plant. According to reports, the company hopes to know in January when production will be resumed.
If you currently use either of these products, you may need to find a substitute, at least temporarily. Interceptor is a monthly heartworm preventive medication; it should be easy to switch to Heartgard (or generic equivalent), Revolution, or the newer Advantage Multi. Be sure to purchase these from a reliable source to avoid potentially ineffective counterfeit products. See “When Buying Veterinary Drugs Online, Look for Accredited Sites,” (WDJ June 2011)
Sentinel is a combination of Interceptor (milbemycin oxime) and Program (lufenuron), an insect growth regulator that prevents fleas that bite your dog from producing viable offspring, and therefore can be useful in combating a flea infestation. Program is manufactured by Novartis and is therefore almost certainly one of the other products whose production has been suspended. If you don’t have fleas, you don’t need to use lufenuron.
If you do have a flea problem, you can switch to flea and tick products that contain their own insect growth regulators. Advantage II and Advantix II use pyriproxyfen (Nylar), while Frontline Plus and Certifect use S-methoprene (Precor). For more information on these products, see "New Flea and Tick Products Hit the Market" (WDJ December 2011).
More information:
Novartis temporarily suspends production of Interceptor, Sentinel
Letter: Novartis under temporary shutdown
What Novartis Did Wrong At Its Consumer Plant
 Remember while Immiticide is unavailable (ish) it is really important to keep your pets on HW meds!