Trifexis is one of the leading oral combination heartworm preventatives.
It is a once a month chewable tablet that prevents heartworms, kills adult fleas and also prevents hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.
Sentinel Spectrum does the same, with the added benefit of preventing tapeworms.
Can my dog cough up heartworms?
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.
Do dogs need heartworm medicine every month?
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.
Is there a liquid heartworm medicine for dogs?
Common active ingredients used in heartworm preventives today include ivermectin and milbemycin. Ivermectin has been used for decades to prevent heartworm disease in dogs. There are rarely side effects, if given at the proper dosage, but some dogs may experience vomiting, diarrhea, or incoordination.
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.