Thank you to our wonderful clients for being so understanding during the shortage of Sentinel and Interceptor. As you know, it is very important to have your pet on a preventative for heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms twelve months a year! We have prescribed Sentinel for years to prevent heartworms, intestinal parasites including whipworms, and fleas. Interceptor has been prescribed as a cheaper alternative to prevent heartworms and intestinal parasites including whipworms (but Interceptor does not prevent fleas).
Due to the fact that we were able to buy a large quantity of Sentinel and Interceptor at the outset of the shortage, we thought that we could ration our Sentinel and Interceptor to make it last so that our patients could avoid switching to a different drug. The shortage of Sentinel and Interceptor is now in its tenth month which is much longer than originally predicted, so we now find it necessary to switch our patients to the best alternative drugs available. If your pet is now on Sentinel or Interceptor, please be aware that at your next refill, we will need to discuss an alternate drug choice with you.
There are several products that prevent heartworms, hookworms, and round worms, but whipworm control is also very important in our area of the country. Some of the lower priced preventatives (besides Interceptor) do not cover whipworms. For the health of your pet, it is important to prevent problems from whipworms rather than try to identify why your pet is having health problems and then treat for the whipworms. Even if the maker of a cheaper alternative that does not cover whipworms promises to reimburse you if whipworm treatment is needed, it is much better to prevent problems from whipworm infections. Please know that at Animal Hospital of North Asheville we make all drug choices very carefully and always keep your pet’s best interest and health as our goal.