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Interceptor For Dogs Is Guaranteed Heartworm Treatment.

Jun 7, 2008
Novartis' parasite preventative for dogs is called Interceptor.

More than one parasite is killed by Interceptor; heart worm, two kinds of roundworm, hookworms and whipworms.

Interceptor Flavor Tabs by Novartis are for both dogs and cats. Interceptor only protects against heartworms, adult roundworms and adult hookworms in cats, however.

Heartworm disease is often fatal in dogs if not detected and treated in time, so it is essential that all pets be administered some type of heartworm preventative medication.

The incidents of dogs reacting poorly to Interceptor were very low in trials.

In the case of cats, Interceptor products used at ten times usual strength did not cause any side effects (although this is not a recommendation for you to try at home!).

The following symptoms have occasionally been reported as side effects: depression/lethargy, vomiting, ataxia, anorexia, diarrhea, convulsions, weakness, and hypersalivation.

Interceptor heartworm medication is comprised of milbemycin oxime in dosages varying according to the weight of the pet.

The packaging is color coded according to the weight range. The 2.3mg dosage for dogs 2-10 pounds is in brown packaging. 5.75mg for dogs 11-25lbs is green, 11.5mg for dogs 26-50lbs is yellow, and the 23.0mg dosage for dogs 51-100 is packaged in white.

Interceptor Flavor Tabs contain the heartworm medication packaged into an appetizing dog treat.

Your dog should be given Interceptor on a monthly basis and you should make sure that the entire dose has been consumed.

The dose will need to be repeated in the unlikely event that the dog does not ingest the entire first dose.

Interceptor heartworm preventative should not be used on puppies of less than four weeks of age and less than 2lbs of body weight.

Dogs over the minimum age and weight requirements should be tested for heartworms before they commence treatment.

Interceptor's main competitors are Heartgard Plus, Iverhart Plus and Sentinel.

All come in a flavored tab format that can be administered directly to your pet.

Lufenuron, a compound used for flea control, has been added to Sentinel to make it an effective flea treatment as well as a heartworm preventative medication.

Heartgard and Iverhart contain ivermectin to protect against heartworms and pyrantel to prevent some types of intestinal worms.

Although Heartgard does not include whipworms in their spectrum of coverage, it is effective against more species of hookworms than rivals Interceptor and Sentinel.
About the Author
Author Rebecca Foxton can help you give your pet brilliant health with heartworm medication. For an excellent source of health tips for pet owners, visit her Fortiflora Feline article series on Dog Buffs.
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