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A comparative analysis of heartworm medication use patterns for dogs that also receive ectoparasiticides

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Title
A comparative analysis of heartworm medication use patterns for dogs that also receive ectoparasiticides
Published in
Parasites & Vectors, August 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13071-018-3076-1
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Robert Lavan, Kathleen Heaney, Srinivasan Rajagopalan Vaduvoor, Kaan Tunceli

Abstract

Heartworm medications and many oral or topical flea and tick products are provided as monthly doses while a newer oral flea/tick product, fluralaner (BRAVECTO® Chew), is re-dosed at a 12-week interval. This study focused on whether there was a difference in the number of heartworm medication doses that were purchased in the 12-months follow-up period for dogs that receive either fluralaner or other flea/tick medications that are dosed monthly. Clinic transaction records of heartworm medication purchases for over 200,000 dogs were examined to compare the purchase of heartworm preventative protection by dog owners that also receive flea and tick medications of differing efficacy durations. Annual purchases of heartworm medication for dogs by owners that receive a flea and tick medication dosed at 12-week intervals was incrementally higher than the number of doses purchased for dogs receiving monthly flea and tick medications. The average number of monthly doses per year was slightly over 7 months for both categories of product. The distribution of purchases of monthly doses was also similar between groups. Dog owners who purchase a longer-acting flea and tick medication purchase as much heartworm medication annually for their dogs as dog owners who purchase monthly flea and tick medication. On average, dog owners who gave their dog fluralaner obtained significantly more months of heartworm preventative protection compared with dog owners who gave their dog a monthly flea and tick medication, although the biological significance of this increase in doses is very small.

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Unknown 11 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 45%
Student > Master 3 27%
Other 1 9%
Student > Postgraduate 1 9%
Unknown 1 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 2 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 9%
Psychology 1 9%
Other 2 18%
Unknown 3 27%

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