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FidoPharm Rolls Out Generic Heartworm Preventive

Posted: March 9, 2012, 5:35 p.m. EST

Heartworm

PetArmor manufacturer FidoPharm launched a generic prescription heartworm preventive called PetTrust Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) today as part of an event in New Orleans at which FidoPharm established a “Pet Trust” for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

PetTrust Plus is the first generic preventive to be sold in retail pharmacies, according to FidoPharm. The medication contains the same active ingredients in the same concentrations as Merial's Heartgard Plus, but costs up to 50 percent less, the company said.

“Dogs deserve access to preventive heartworm medicine and their owners deserve choices, without having to sacrifice quality and efficacy,” said FidoPharm President Alex Kaufman. “With the introduction of PetTrust Plus at retail pharmacies nationwide, FidoPharm continues to protect pets and provide pet parents with affordable and accessible pet health care options and we are proud to educate pet owners about the importance of heartworm testing and treatment.”

FidoPharm committed $5,000 to establish the “Pet Trust” for the LA/SPCA to provide protection and healthcare to local, needy pets. The company will also provide the next 500 adopted eligible dogs with a six-month supply of PetTrust Plus.

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The mark up is so high at the Vets I have to go else where! Just got my dog fixed and have spent with the Vet over 1200 dollars for heartworms when I asked about having my animal fixed with them they wanted 325 bucks. I went to the spy and neuter clinic and it was 50 bucks. Also, I have found being a huge dog owner that Vets have a habit to put fear in the pet owner making them feel
guilty if the owner opts for a cheaper route. I understand the vet needs to keep the doors open but, a triple mark up on med's please.
JC, Nashville, TN
Posted: 7/24/2013 7:36:05 AM
We like this very much and it came at the right time, retired and on a budget.
My dog thabks you and I can rest knowing she is safe outside.
Thanks so much!!!
Lisa, Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 5/23/2012 7:51:04 PM
I work at a veterinary practice. What I can tell you is that we can stand behind the products we do sell. For flea and tick prevention, if you are not satisfied with one of the brands we sell, we will exchange it for the other brand we sell. As far as heartworm prevention, we also stand behind Heartgard, which we do carry. We can order other brands if the customer desires. When PetArmour came out, we did not promote getting it as there were not enough studies and it was known that it is made in India. We prefer to use the brands we know and trust. Will our office recommend this new product? Most likely not. We certainly cannot back up anything we don't sell from our office, meaning we physically hand it to the client. That includes brand name meds that are sold through on-line pet companies. We know where are stuff comes from and where it has been. That is the same with vaccines you can buy at some stores. You know you got it from a cooler but where was it before it was placed there? Was it in a warehouse not refrigerated or in a freezing warehouse? Either of these conditions can render the vaccine ineffective. If you care about the true health of your pet, deal with a good vet that you trust and prevention is always the best medicine! Ask your vet what are the best products for your pet and they should be able to guide you with the right answers. I personally would not waste my time or money on this product.
diane, merrill, WI
Posted: 4/1/2012 3:45:59 PM
I think this is completely ridiculous!!!! Why go through all the hassel of taking your pet to the vet, then getting your vet to write a script, then go to Wal-Mart, wait in line to have it filled, then go home.... You can just get the product the vet sells. I would trust something coming from my pet's doctor's hands to mine before I would trust something from Wal-Mart. Their flea products are crap, don't work, and are proven to be somewhat harmful! Not to mention if your dog comes up heartworm possitive on this product, You will NOT be compensated!!! To me, this is a complete outrage! Leave the medical studies to the Vets! They've worked hard enough to establish their own practices, and supply their clients and patients with the best possible care! Stop trying to take over everything our Vets have to offer!!
Danielle, Paradis, LA
Posted: 3/28/2012 7:40:18 AM
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