HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) is a monthly chewable given to your dog that’s formulated to kill heartworms as well as help treat and control hookworms. An infected mosquito that bites your dog can potentially lead to permanent damage in less than three months. That’s why it’s important to keep your dog on a monthly heartworm preventative year-round. Before treating your dog, make sure they have a current annual heartworm test result on file with your vet. HEARTGARD Plus is safe to use in all dogs aged 6 weeks and older regardless of weight. Regular dosing is recommended by the American Heartworm Society as an easy way to protect your dog throughout the year. Don’t forget, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian about any other drugs your pet is taking before starting HEARTGARD Plus. Checkout the Allivet Heartworm Comparison chart to compare heartworm prevention products.
What is Heartgard Plus Chewables For Dogs?
Heartgard Plus is a real beef chewable that prevents heartworm disease and treats and controls roundworms and hookworms in dogs.
Who is Heartgard Plus Chewables For Dogs for?
For dogs and puppies 6 weeks of age and older.
Why use Heartgard Plus Chewables For Dogs?
#1 Vet-recommended heartworm preventive. Effectively prevents heartworms. Dogs (6+ weeks of age, no weight requirement). Also treats and controls roundworms & hookworms. Only given once a month. Delicious real-beef chew that dogs love.
How does Heartgard Plus Chewables For Dogs work?
Heartgard contains two active ingredients that work together to prevent heartworm disease and treat and control hookworms and roundworms.
Active ingredient(s): Ivermectin and Pyrantel Pamoate
How is Heartgard Plus Chewables For Dogs sold?
Heartgard Plus is sold in either a 1, 6 or 12 month supply/chewables. Each box is color coded for your dog's weight as follows : Heartgard Plus Blue: 1-25 lbs, Heartgard Plus Green: 26-50 lbs, Heartgard Plus Brown: 51-100 lbs.
What are the side effects of Heartgard Plus Chewables For Dogs?
In clinical field trials with HEARTGARD Plus, vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours of dosing was rarely observed (1.1% of administered doses). The following adverse reactions have been reported following the use of HEARTGARD: Depression/lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, mydriasis, ataxia, staggering, convulsions and hypersalivation.
What special precautions are there?
Keep away from children and animals. HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) is well tolerated. All dogs should be tested for heartworm infection before starting a preventive program. Following the use of HEARTGARD Plus, digestive and neurological side effects have rarely been reported.
What to do if overdose?
Contact the closest emergency pet hospital.
How can I store Heartgard Plus Chewables For Dogs?
Your dog should be tested to see if they have an existing heartworm infection prior to administering Heartgard Plus. This heartworm treatment is not effective against adult heartworms. If your dog is infected, they must be treated to get rid of adult heartworms and microfilariae before giving them Heartgard Plus.
While the Ivermectin in Heartgard is not effective for microfilariae clearance, it may kill some of the microfilariae. Your dog may have a mild reaction, most likely because of dying or dead microfilariae, such as transient diarrhea.
Ivermectin studies indicate that certain Collie breeds have a sensitivity to Ivermectin at elevated dose levels that are over 16 times the recommended dose than other breeds. At elevated doses, sensitive dogs showed adverse reactions, which included dilated pupils, uncoordinated movements, depression, tremors, drooling, muscle weakness, excitability, inability to stand, stupor, coma, and in some cases, death. Heartgard did not demonstrate signs of toxicity when used at 10 times the recommended dosage in sensitive Collies.
Heartgard Plus has demonstrated a wide safety margin at the recommended dosage in dogs, including breeding or pregnant females, stud dogs, and puppies 6 weeks or older. When used as recommended, Heartgard is safe. If you have any questions, contact your veterinarian to discuss your concerns.
Remember to not only eliminate fleas from your dog, but to treat other animals in the house as well as treat areas such as carpets and yards for flea infestations.
It's advised to not feed your dog rodents or uncooked meat or fish.
To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.
The majority of dogs enjoy the tasty Heartgard Plus chew and will take it readily like a treat. The chewable should be given in a way that encourages your dog to chew and not swallow it whole. If your dog tends to swallow their treats without chewing, you can break the chewable up into pieces. Carefully monitor your dog to make sure they get the entire dose and observe them for a few more minutes to make sure they do not drop or spit out any part of it. If your dog does not eat the entire chew, administer another full does as soon as you can.
If your dog misses a dose and more than 30 days have passed since their last dose, give Heartgard Plus as soon as possible and restart the monthly dosing schedule from that date. Let your veterinarian know that your dog missed a dose.
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