Quick Answer: Is Heartgard Safe For Dogs?

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.

Following the use of HEARTGARD Plus, digestive and neurological side effects have rarely been reported.

What is the safest heartworm medication 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.

Can I give my dog heartworm medicine?

Heartworm disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Today, since cases have been reported in all 50 states and because mosquitoes can live inside (even in winter), it’s recommended that no matter where you live, you give your dogs and cats heartworm prevention medicine year-round.

What are the side effects of Heartgard for dogs?

Heartgard® may result in these side effects:

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

Can a dog overdose on Heartgard?

Toxicity can occur if a dog is given an excessive dose of the medication (10 to 20 times the recommended dose). Additionally, certain dogs are genetically hypersensitive to the medication. In these dogs, ivermectin can pass directly to the brain and be toxic or even lethal.

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.

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).

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.

How often should I give my dog heartworm medicine?

For that reason, the American Heartworm Society recommends that you “think 12:” (1) get your pet tested every 12 months for heartworm and (2) give your pet heartworm preventive 12 months a year.

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.

What happens if I give my dog Heartgard too soon?

Heartworm infection can cause varying degrees of heart and lung pathology in dogs and cats. Heartworm disease can lead to various symptoms from exercise intolerance, coughing, possible heart failure, vomiting, lethargy, abdominal distention, and in some cases, scarily enough, sudden death.

When should I give my dog Heartgard?

HEARTGARD Plus should be given at monthly intervals during the period of the year when mosquitoes (vectors), potentially carrying infective heartworm larvae, are active. The initial dose must be given within a month (30 days) after the dog’s first exposure to mosquitoes.

Can you give Heartgard to pregnant dogs?

Results of these trials and bioequivalency studies, support the safety of HEARTGARD products in dogs, including Collies, when used as recommended. Heartgard Plus has shown a wide margin of safety at the recommended dose level in dogs, including pregnant or breeding bitches, stud dogs and puppies aged 6 or more weeks.