Benefits of Heartgard Plus for Dogs:
- Heartworm Prevention: The primary benefit of Heartgard Plus is that it prevents heartworm disease in dogs. Heartworms are parasites that live in the heart and blood vessels of infected animals, and if left untreated, can be fatal.
- Intestinal Parasite Control: In addition to heartworm prevention, Heartgard Plus also controls and treats common intestinal parasites such as roundworms and hookworms.
How do Heartgard Plus Chewables work?
Heartgard Plus Chewables contain two active ingredients: ivermectin and pyrantel. Ivermectin works by killing the immature heartworms that have been transmitted to the dog in the previous month, preventing them from developing into adult heartworms. Pyrantel works by paralyzing and killing the intestinal parasites present in the dog’s system.
Heartgard Plus Directions:
Heartgard Plus Chewables are available in different strengths, depending on the weight of your dog. The medication should be given to your dog once a month, year-round, to ensure maximum protection against heartworm disease and intestinal parasites. Consult your veterinarian for the appropriate dosage and schedule for your dog. Heartgard Plus Chewables should be administered with a full meal to ensure adequate absorption and effectiveness.
Heartgard Plus Chewables for Dogs/Puppies: (6+ weeks of age)
|Up to 25 lbs||Give 1 chewable every month (Blue Box)|
|26-50 lbs||Give 1 chewable every month (Green Box)|
|51-100 lbs||Give 1 chewable every month (Brown Box)|
|Over 100 lbs||Give combination of chewables based on weight|
Storage: Store between 68°F – 77°F (20° – 25°C). Excursions between 59°F – 86°F (15° – 30°C) are permitted.
Protect product from light.
Caution: All dogs should be tested for existing heartworm infection before starting treatment with
Frequently asked questions about Heartgard Plus
Is Heartgard Plus safe for my dog?
Heartgard Plus is generally considered safe when used as directed. However, like any medication, it can have potential side effects. It’s important to consult with your veterinarian before starting any medication to ensure it is safe for your specific dog.
How often should Heartgard Plus be administered?
Heartgard Plus should be given once a month, all year round. It is important to maintain a regular dosing schedule to provide continuous protection against heartworm disease and intestinal parasites.
Does Heartgard Plus for dogs have side effects?
Yes, Heartgard Plus for dogs can have potential side effects, although they are generally rare and mild. Some dogs may experience mild gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, or a temporary loss of appetite. These side effects are usually transient and resolve on their own. In rare cases, more serious reactions can occur, including hypersensitivity reactions, tremors, ataxia (loss of coordination), or seizures.
Can Heartgard Plus be given to puppies?
Heartgard Plus is safe for use in puppies as young as 6 weeks old and weighing at least 2 pounds.
Can Heartgard Plus be used in all dog breeds and sizes?
Heartgard Plus is safe for use in all dog breeds and sizes, as long as they meet the minimum weight requirement of 2 pounds. However, some breeds may have a higher sensitivity to the active ingredients, so it’s important to discuss any breed-specific concerns with your veterinarian.
Can Heartgard Plus be used in pregnant or nursing dogs?
It is generally considered safe to use Heartgard Plus in pregnant or nursing dogs. However, it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian before starting any medication during pregnancy or lactation to ensure the well-being of the mother and her puppies.
Are there any known drug interactions with Heartgard Plus?
Heartgard Plus has a wide margin of safety and is generally well-tolerated. However, it’s important to inform your veterinarian about any other medications your dog is taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Certain medications may interact with Heartgard Plus.