Is Heartgard Plus Safe?

HEARTGARD Plus is safe and effective in any breed of dog when used as directed.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: HEARTGARD Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel) is well tolerated.

No, the way dogs become infected is via a bite from a mosquito that is infected with heartworm larvae.

What is the safest heartworm medicine for dogs?

The two most common (and generally considered safe) heartworm preventative ingredients used today are ivermectin (used in Heartgard by Merial, and other products) and milbemycin oxime (used in Interceptor by Novartis). There is also an older, daily heartworm preventative available, diethylcarbamazine or DEC.

What are the side effects of Heartgard Plus?

Heartgard® may result in these side effects:

  • Depression/lethargy.
  • Vomiting.
  • Anorexia.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dilation of the pupils.
  • Staggering.
  • Convulsions.
  • Drooling.

What happens if I give my dog heartworm medicine and he has heartworms?

Also, giving a heartworm preventive to a dog infected with adult heartworms may be harmful or deadly. If microfilariae are in the dog’s bloodstream, the preventive may cause the microfilariae to suddenly die, triggering a shock-like reaction and possibly death.

Is Tri Heart Plus as good as Heartgard Plus?

Both Tri-Heart and Heartgard contain ivermectin. Tri-Heart contains pyrantel as well. These drugs are toxic, and although their intended target is parasites, they can have an effect on your pet’s well being as well.

What are the first signs of heartworms in dogs?

Signs of heartworm disease may include a mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise, fatigue after moderate activity, decreased appetite, and weight loss. As heartworm disease progresses, pets may develop heart failure and the appearance of a swollen belly due to excess fluid in the abdomen.

Do dogs need monthly heartworm pills?

Heartworm disease can be prevented in dogs and cats by giving them medication once a month that also controls various internal and external parasites. Heartworm infections are diagnosed in about 250,000 dogs each year. But there is no good reason for dogs to receive preventives all year; it is just not needed.

What is the difference between Heartgard and Heartgard Plus?

Heartgard and Heartgard Plus both protect dogs against heartworm infestation. Heartgard Plus protects against heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, and other ascarids (types of intestinal parasites).

Can I give my dog heartworm medicine late?

A: Give the dose you missed immediately, then continue giving the medication on the day you’ve always given it. If the missed dose is more than 2 weeks late, your dog should be tested for heartworm again in six months (click here to learn why).

Can dogs get sick from heartworm medicine?

There are rarely side effects, if given at the proper dosage, but some dogs may experience vomiting, diarrhea, or incoordination. In the case of an allergic response to the heartworm medication, a dog may experience itching, hives, swelling of the face, or even seizures or shock.

Can heartworm medicine kill a dog?

Dogs with heartworms can have a severe, possibly life-threatening reaction to the dying, circulating microfilariae (adult heartworm offspring) if given these heartworm medications. This can happen even if you continue to give heartworm medication because those medications kill only early stage larvae.

Do dogs poop out heartworms?

Unlike intestinal parasites, however, which, once killed, can simply be passed in the animal’s stool, heartworms, once dead, do not have an easy way to be eliminated from the body.

Can you see heartworms in dog poop?

Heartworms, like intestinal parasites, can’t be detected just by looking at your dog. The only way that heartworm disease is accurately detected is through a blood test. Heartworm disease has little to no early detections; therefore, it’s important to have your dog tested annually (or when recommended by your vet).

Does Heartgard Plus require a prescription?

Where can I buy Heartgard Plus for dogs? Although Heartgard and other heartworm medicines require a prescription, at 1-800-PetMeds, we make the ordering process easy. Our pharmacy department will verify your pet’s prescription for you by calling or faxing your veterinarian.

How quickly does Heartgard work?

EFFICACY: HEARTGARD Plus Chewables, given orally using the recommended dose and regimen, are effective against the tissue larval stage of D.immitis for a month (30 days) after infection and, as a result, prevent the development of the adult stage.

Does Tri Heart Plus require a prescription?

Tri-Heart Plus Ivermectin/Pyrantel for dogs is a heartworm preventative that also controls roundworms and hookworms. Tri-Heart Plus is a generic equivalent to Heartgard Plus, and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

Can a dog cough up a heartworm?

The four clinical stages of heartworm begin when your dog has already become infected and the heartworms are present in the dog’s heart: Dogs continue to cough and experience fatigue after exercise, may be reluctant to exercise at all, and can have trouble breathing. During this stage, dogs may also cough up blood.

Can a dog get heartworms while on Heartgard?

Can my dog “get” heartworm disease directly from an infected dog? No, the way dogs become infected is via a bite from a mosquito that is infected with heartworm larvae. Are nursing puppies immune to heartworm disease if the mother is receiving HEARTGARD Plus? No.

At what age do dogs start heartworm medicine?

Puppies and kittens as young as 6-8 weeks of age can and should be protected from heartworm infection. The exact age at which you start your pet on heartworm prevention depends upon the particular medication you choose and your pet’s weight.