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Postby dwilson » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:20 pm

I have a question on the use of zimecterin gold.

We just brought home a gsp pup and was curious when I should start her on the ZG? Are you guys using it every month with your adult dogs? I was using the regular 1.87% paste with my vizsla and just ran out so was thinking of making a switch. She is going on 12 weeks old now and is probably in the 12 lb range I am guessing and growing quick.
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby Birddog3412 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:16 pm

I wish someone would comment, Ive been thinking of switching to it myself.
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby mcbosco » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:11 pm

Why would anyone use that product on a regular basis for a dog. Are you using it primarily for the ivermectin or praziquantel? Is there a reason why your pup needs praziquantel?

"Do not use in other animal species as severe adverse reactions, including fatalities in dogs, may result"
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby vzkennels » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:17 pm

If your going to use it for Heartworms you don't need the Gold just the plain Zimecterin will work & a little cheaper.
You can buy different generics of the paste at feed stores,tractor supply,etc for 1/2 or even a 1/3 of the Zim cost that does the same.But I would stay away from the ZIM GOLD,not needed whether it's harmful or not.
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby Brittguy » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:23 pm

I have a friend that runs a boarding/training stable. They had trouble with mouth ulcers when using Gold type. I Googled it once and also saw a reference to that.
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby daniel77 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:49 pm

From what I've heard, the paste type horse wormers have some inconsistency in dosage within the tube. Not a problem at all when giving the whole tube to a horse, but certainly can be when giving a fraction of it to a dog. My vet, who, like me has spent most of her life in the horse business, says she's seen two dogs go blind from being given the paste wormers and OD's. I agree that you don't need the "gold", but I'd encourage you to buy ivermectin in a bottle instead of a paste. FWIW
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby vzkennels » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:03 pm

Daniel I'm not disareeing with you or your vet & I'm certainly no vet but I know people that have used it for yrs one of them one of the biggest GSP breeders in the country with no problems.
I personally use the liquid because it's much easier to measure a more exact dose.None of it is approved for canines but much more economical & no perscriptions needed.
The decision is yours to make.
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby shags » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:58 pm

daniel77 wrote:From what I've heard, the paste type horse wormers have some inconsistency in dosage within the tube. Not a problem at all when giving the whole tube to a horse, but certainly can be when giving a fraction of it to a dog. My vet, who, like me has spent most of her life in the horse business, says she's seen two dogs go blind from being given the paste wormers and OD's. I agree that you don't need the "gold", but I'd encourage you to buy ivermectin in a bottle instead of a paste. FWIW


For what it's worth, a big batch is mixed and then dispensed into the tubes - so the medication is evenly distributed throughout the batch before it's tubed. Otherwise, some tubes of wormer would have more or less medication than others, and not be dosage on the label.

My vet has also warned about blindness in dogs given ivermectin horse paste.

I did the math at one point, and to give the effective amount of praziquantel to a dog, the ivermectin in IG would be overdosed by a large amount. My dogs get monthly Ivomec for cattle for heartworm and intestinal worms, and fenbendazole (Safeguard Goat Wormer) couple times a year.
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby daniel77 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:16 pm

vzkennels wrote:Daniel I'm not disareeing with you or your vet & I'm certainly no vet but I know people that have used it for yrs one of them one of the biggest GSP breeders in the country with no problems.
I personally use the liquid because it's much easier to measure a more exact dose.None of it is approved for canines but much more economical & no perscriptions needed.
The decision is yours to make.


All of my dogs for the last dozen years or so have gotten the paste as well, with no ill effects thus far, but I do try and learn and do better as I go. I'm going to get a bottle of the liquid from here on and see how that works. No idea if she's correct or not, and the mixing should be uniform, but I feel like the liquid would definitely be uniform and I can shake that to remix it anyway, and, as you say, measuring the liquid is far easier. Each to his own.
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby airmedic1 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:42 pm

I've been using the Ivomec liquid for more than 20+ years and never had a problem. I buy mine at Tractor supply, keep it in the fridge and use a TB syringe to get the exact amount needed for each dog. I weigh the dogs before giving it to them and compute the dose and go from there. Mine usually expires before I use it all but it's a lot cheaper in the first place.
Don't buy the Ivomec Plus, just the regular ivermectin for cattle and administer it orally. I do give another broad spectrum wormer a few times each year as well.
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby daniel77 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:28 pm

I should amend saying that "all" my dogs got cattle wormer. I rode a colt for a Vet friend who gave me a 6 month supply of Revolution to try out, and I used it on our German Shepherd. Other than that, cattle wormer rocks and is so much cheaper than the "dog" wormers.
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby Richard *UT* » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:33 pm

mcbosco wrote:Why would anyone use that product on a regular basis for a dog. Are you using it primarily for the ivermectin or praziquantel? Is there a reason why your pup needs praziquantel?

"Do not use in other animal species as severe adverse reactions, including fatalities in dogs, may result"


The Praziquantel is for round worms and tape worms that the ivermectin does not get. There is a hall of fame post that goes into Ivermectin and the pastes and even covers dosage, pregnant females and young dogs. It is long because there is alot of info in there. As far as overdosing on ivermectin it take a lot to do so but you have to decide. Anyway give that hall of fame post a look and good luck with your dog
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby mcbosco » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:24 am

Richard *UT* wrote:
mcbosco wrote:Why would anyone use that product on a regular basis for a dog. Are you using it primarily for the ivermectin or praziquantel? Is there a reason why your pup needs praziquantel?

"Do not use in other animal species as severe adverse reactions, including fatalities in dogs, may result"


The Praziquantel is for round worms and tape worms that the ivermectin does not get. There is a hall of fame post that goes into Ivermectin and the pastes and even covers dosage, pregnant females and young dogs. It is long because there is alot of info in there. As far as overdosing on ivermectin it take a lot to do so but you have to decide. Anyway give that hall of fame post a look and good luck with your dog



Having grown up on a racing and show stable on I know what praziquantel is for. First off, roundworms are pretty rare in adult dogs that are healthy. I don't see any reason to act prophylactically. Second, there is too much paranoia on tape worms. It is something to take care of if your dogs get one but again no reason to give medication on a regular basis.

Heartworms, however, are another matter. The downside is high, risky & expensive. That makes sense, the others do not.

Would you apply Fipronil powder to a kid's head every day for the one or two times in his life that he gets lice?
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby Fish 4-5 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:50 pm

Is this stuff safe for 14 week puppies or does he need to be older for starting this med. ?
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby mcbosco » Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:59 pm

IMO, No
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Re: Zimecterin Gold

Postby ezzy333 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:19 pm

Doesn't sound safe at any age in my opinion. There are better choices.

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