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What is Heartgard Plus?
Heartgard Plus contains Ivermectin and Pyrantel pamoate which are powerful worming medications that work to prevent heartworm disease in your dog while working to treat and control hookworms and roundworms at the same time.
How is this medication given?
Heartgard Plus is given every 30 days as a chewable tablet. The tablets need to be chewed and may need to be broken in small pieces if your dog has the tendency to swallow without chewing.
Some veterinarians may recommend giving tablets only during the mosquito season(spring/summer) although others recommend using tablets year-round. Check with your veterinarian regarding his/her specific recommendations. If given seasonally, the first dose must be given within 30 days of the dog’s first exposure to mosquitoes. The last dose must be given within 30 days after the dog’s last exposure to mosquitoes.
A blood test to check for heartworm disease is necessary before starting Heartgard Plus. The frequency of testing should take into account variables such as prevalence of heartworm disease in the area, missed or late doses of heartworm preventative, and your dogs lifestyle. Your veterinarian will determine the exact frequency of testing for your dog.
This medication should only be given to the dog for which it has been prescribed. Tablets should not be split and should be given exactly as directed. Never give two doses at once and always check with your veterinarian if a dose has been missed.