If you need to save money on heartworm prevention for dogs, you can be confident in using Tri-Heart Plus, one of the cheapest options available, especially as it contains exactly the same ingredients, in the same quantities as Heartgard Plus and will not only protect against heartworm, but will also treat the intestinal parasitic worms species of hookworms and roundworms that afflict dogs. Different strengths are available, dependent upon the weight of your dog.
It can be safely given to puppies over six weeks old and to pregnant and nursing bitches and the advice is to give the medicine all the year round to ensure complete protection for your dog.
Tri-Heart Plus contains the active ingredients Ivermectin and Pyrantel pamoate.
Ivermectin kills the immature heartworm larvae (microfilariae) but you should be aware that collies and herding dogs may have an adverse reaction to this medicine so you need to take veterinary advice before giving it to your dog and be on the lookout for any contraindications such as lack of co-ordination, staggering, drooling, or diarrhoea and be especially vigilant for the eight hour period following the very first dose of the medicine. Contact your vet at once if you notice any of the foregoing or anything unusual in your dog’s behaviour. Pyrantel Pamoate controls and kills hookworms and roundworms.
Tri-Heart Plus is a monthly heartworm prevention for dogs medicine which must be given absolutely like clockwork, on the same day each month. Use the link to visit our advice page on preventatives. The American Heartworm Society, most vets and online authorities such as WebMD are now advising that you should give the medicine all year round and many guarantees now stipulate this (not valid if the medication is just given during the mosquito season).
It is not usually a problem to get your dog to take the Tri-Heart Plus tablet as it is chewable and most dogs seem to regard it as a great treat. You should make sure that your dog actually does chew it, not just swallow it down so, if necessary, break it into small pieces and watch the dog to make sure that he gets all of the medicine. If you have more than one dog, it is probably better to administer the medicine to each, separately to avoid any possibility of sharing (or stealing!) treats!
By administering heartworm prevention medicine for your dog, you can be sure that Tri-Heart Plus will kill any immature heartworms that have got into your dog’s bloodstream since the preceding dose. The additional benefit with this medicine is that it also treats infection of hookworms and roundworms.
Be sure to tell your vet if your dog is taking any other medication including supplements in case of any interaction between medicines and be sure to contact your vet if you miss a dose of this medicine.
Take care to store Tri-Heart Plus carefully, ideally at between 20 and 25 degrees centigrade. You must also ensure that it is kept well out of the reach of children as its palatable taste also appeals to them as well as your dog and it is vital to prevent accidental overdose.