Question: Is Heartworm Medicine Necessary For Indoor Dogs?

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.

Can I give my dog heartworm medicine without testing?

The American Heartworm Society recommends monthly heartworm preventative all year around and testing once a year. Even if you are diligent about giving the medicine it is possible your dog could spit it out when you are not watching, you could forget to give it on time, or the medicine was not 100% effective.

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.

Can you give Heartgard to a dog with heartworms?

Pet owners can use HEARTGARD® Plus (ivermectin/pyrantel), the #1 veterinarian-recommended preventive on the market¹ to help prevent heartworm disease. HEARTGARD Plus kills tissue larval stages of heartworms and helps prevent them from developing into adults and causing heartworm disease.

Do indoor cats need heartworm medicine?

Unfortunately, there is no approved drug therapy for heartworm infection in cats, and the drug used to treat infections in dogs is not safe for cats. Nevertheless, cats with heartworm disease can often be helped with good veterinary care. The goal is to stabilize your cat and determine a long-term management plan.

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 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.

Do dogs really need 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.

Do I need to give my dog heartworm medicine in the winter?

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. In addition, you should try to keep your pets away from mosquitoes when possible.

Do you need a prescription for heartworm medicine 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. Then, we’ll deliver your pet’s medication right to your door!