Heartgard Plus Chewables: Benefits and Side Effects

Heartgard Plus is a real beef treats that provides protection against the deadly heartworms. It also treats and controls roundworms and hookworms. It is given monthly and requires a prescription from your vet. It can be given to the dogs 6 weeks or older. It is considered the most tasty heartworm chewable tablet in beef flavor. The pet owners do not need to be very anxious about the doses of Heartgard, as it is given once in a month.

How does it work?

It contains ivermectin, a broad-spectrum antiparasitic medication used to prevent heartworms. Heartgard Plus for dogs also contains Pyrantel Pamoate, an anthelminthic which is used prevent roundworms and hookworms.

How Should it be given?

You are advised to follow the instructions of your veterinarian while giving Heartgard Plus to your dog. If you are unable to understand the instructions, you can always ask your vet or pharmacist to explain them to you. It should be chewed by your dog, not swallowed whole. You are always advised to use this with caution. It is reported that Collies and other herding dog breeds have shown signs of adverse reactions to ivermectin given at elevated dose levels. Before the start of prevention therapy, heartworm testing should be performed. If the medication is off for 6 months or less, you should start the medication and test after 6 months, since microfilaria takes 6 months to mature. Heartgard Plus chewables should be stored at room temperature. You should not remove the tablet from its wrapper, unless you are ready to give the medicine. Heartgard Plus has shown a wide margin of safety if used at the recommended dose level in dogs including pregnant or breeding bitches. It can be given to stud dogs and puppies 6 or more weeks of age.

Caution

You should keep this medication away from children and pets. Dog breeds that may be affected include Australian Shepherd Mini, Australian Shepherd, Collie, Border Collie, and English Shepherd.

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