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Sentinel & Interceptor Are The Top Heartworm Preventatives

Apr 22, 2008
You need to be careful when choosing which heartworm prevention medication that you give your dog, given the seriousness of a heartworm infestation.

The heartworm prevention medicine put on the market in 2001 called Proheart Six only required that your pet be injected two times within the year. At first, the heartworm prevention was believed to be a safe & easy way to administer care and prevention to pets, however the FDA of the USA intervened when reports of more than 5,000 pets became ill as a reaction from the medicine. Of the 5,000 reported there were 415 fatalities.

ProHeart 6 caused many more deaths and adverse reactions than monthly heartworm treatments, according to the FDA. Reactions to ProHeart 6 led to 138 deaths each year, while reactions to Sentinel and Heartgard heartworm protection were as few as six per year.

As with most all medications, the possibility of an allergic reaction from the heartworm control is present and could cause death of the pet.

Here are the facts from the 2004 FDA source: Revolution heartworm protection averaged 36 deaths a year and more than eight and a half thousand reactions, so although the number of reactions was almost twice that of Proheart 6, the drug has been on the market longer so the average number of reactions was similar to Proheart 6, but the death rate of Proheart 6 was over three times as many.

Revolution is a very popular flea and heartworm prevention, and these figures do not mean you should not use it, but just be aware. Interceptor for dogs only had an average of 214 adverse reactions over its entire lifespan - that's eight times fewer than the flea and heartworm control of Revolution. The average deaths from Interceptor for dogs is a staggering 9 compared to 138 for Proheart Six.

Interceptor heartworm protection had only 84 deaths recorded between 1995 and 2004. Ivermectin is the active ingredient in Heartgard heartworm protection, which led to an average of six deaths and 355 adverse reactions each year.

Causing the very least amount of allergic reactions or deaths was Sentinel, a flea, parasite and heartworm protection medication. Statistics show that information gathered in the years of 1999 through 2004 that Sentinel heartworm prevention for dogs resulted in 900 reactions which is an average of 233 as opposed to Revolution heartworm treatment for dogs which had 1,737 reactions with a total of 25 deaths averaging to be 6 annually.

ProHeart 6 should only be used for preventative heartworm control, and should not be used if heartworms have already become established. Monthly heartworm prevention and treatment is a popular choice, but numerous vets maintain that Proheart is safe. In 2007 Proheart 6 was still on the market as a heartworm prevention medicine despite the fact that it was recalled in September 2004.

Keep in mind that these statistics are resulted from millions of dogs that have received medications from all over the world. Since your pet is a member of the family and not a statistic on paper, you should speak with the family vet so that he can aid you in choosing the right form of preventative.

Please do not underestimate the devastating effect of heartworms in dogs. By choosing an easy to administer monthly dose of heartworm preventive medicine, you can spare your pet a lot of hardship.
About the Author
Author Rebecca Foxton can help you give your pet better health with Interceptor For Dogs. Check out her nutrition tips for pet owners, and read her Fortiflora articles on Dog Buffs.
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