Interceptor For Dogs

Interceptor for dogs is a monthly heartworm treatment for dogs that also treats other intestinal parasites.

The medicine is proven to prevent heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.

Your veterinarian will prescribe the proper dose for your pet based on your pet’s weight.

Interceptor is a common brand and can easily be found online.

Active Ingredient In Interceptor For Dogs

Milbemycin oxime is an anti-parasite medicine proven to kill adult intestinal worms and destroys the larvae of heartworms.

Administering the Medication

interceptor for dogsThe treatment is administered once a month preferably on the same day of each month. The treatment can be used year round or only during the time of year that mosquitoes are prevalent. Your veterinarian will recommend the method that is best for your dog.

Interceptor is a beef-flavored tablet, which most dogs will take as a treat. It can also be administered by crumbling the tablet and mixing it in your dog’s food. When mixing it in food, you must make sure all the food is eaten to ensure your dog has taken the full dose. It is recommended you observe your dog a few minutes after the dog has consumed the dose. Many times dogs will expel the tablet or part of the food it is mixed with. Continue reading

Sentinel For Dogs

Heartworm prevention for dogs is a growing concern for dog owners, particularly areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

Fortunately, there are several safe and effective heart worm prevention treatments for dogs.

Sentinel for dogs is a common treatment recommended by veterinarians.

Sentinel for dogs prevents heartworms, whipworms, hookworms and roundworms. In addition, the treatment also breaks the life cycle of fleas.

Active Ingredients in Sentinel

sentinel is a heartworm prevention medicine for dogsSentinel contains milbemycin oxime to prevent heartworms and intestinal worms.

The Milbemycin oxime impedes the function of the nervous system in invertebrate parasites and is effective against heartworm larvae and against larvae and adult roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. It is also effective in treating mites. This medicine is well tolerated by all ages and breeds of dogs (including herding types such as collies) and is also safe for breeding dogs.

Sentinel also contains the insect inhibitor, lufenuron. This medicine does not kill adult fleas because it works in a very specific way. Unlike animals, insects do not have internal skeletons, they have exoskeletons, a hard material, chitin that surrounds and protects their bodies. Lufenuron does not affect the exoskeletons of adult fleas but is passed to the eggs from the female flea, preventing them from hatching. It is also passed out in the flea dirt secreted after adult fleas have drunk your dog’s blood. This flea dirt is a food source for flea larvae and they take in the lufenron which prevents their exoskeletons from forming properly and so they die too.

Want to find out more about fleas and other parasites?
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Fleas -this article explains why flea prevention is so important – fleas can cause other illnesses and can be much more serious than a rather itchy problem!

Whipworms are an internal parasite which Sentinel also controls – find out more about this type of worm.

Finding worms in our dog’s poop might be the first indication he has a worm problem, find out more about the implications of worms for your pet’s health – and for your family too.

Administering the Medicine

sentinel for dogs is a heartworm prevention for dogs medicine that contains milbemycin oximeThe medication is administered every 30 days through a beef-flavored tablet. It is recommended the medication be administered on the same day each month. Many veterinarians recommend year round treatment, and this is now the advice of the American Heartworm Society too.

Sentinel should be given with the dog’s meal or immediately after the dog has eaten. Food is necessary for absorption of the lufenuron contained in the tablet. Food provides the mechanism for the medication to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Most dogs like the flavor of the tablet and it can be given as a treat. The tablet can also be mixed with the dog’s food. It is important to monitor the dog to ensure the dog has consumed the entire tablet.


Sentinel is not recommended as a heartworm treatment for puppies under four weeks old or dogs less than two pounds. The medicine does not kill adult fleas. If your dog has fleas, you will need to use an adult flea treatment to get rid of them.

While Sentinel is proven safe and effective, it is important to monitor your dog for any negative reaction to the medicine. Reactions are rare and usually are an allergic reaction to the chewable itself, rather than the medication it contains.

Information on Heartgard For Dogs

Heartgard for dogs is perhaps the most common heartworm treatment for dogs.

You can choose Heartgard or Heartgard Plus. Both products are safe and effective in preventing heartworms. Heartgard Plus also prevents hookworms and roundworms.

Active Ingredient of Heartgard
Both products contain Ivermectin, which prevents heartworm larvae from surviving in the dog’s bloodstream and is approved by the FDA for use as a heartworm preventative. There are several brand names and many generic products that also include this medicine.

You may be aware that Ivermectin has been associated with side effects in some dogs, particularly collies and herding dogs. However, preventive medicines contain Ivermectin at very low dosage (when compared to other uses) so there is a much lower likelihood of any problems arising. This does highlight the fact that whilst this medicine is known to be effective in preventing heartworm, it would be very unsafe to try to administer it any other way than in an approved preventive treatment.

Heartgard Plus also contains pyrantel pamoate. This drug (which can also be referred to as Pyrantel Embonate in Europe), is used to deworm animals from hookworms and roundworms. It works by making these worms detach themselves from the gut wall of the animal so that it can be passed out in the stool. This drug does not usually cause any problems for the animal because it is not well absorbed by the gut wall.

Administering the Medication
heartgard for dogsDoses of this dog heartworm medicine are given orally once a month preferably on the same day each month.

It is important that the dog chews the treat instead of swallowing it whole. Use a method that encourages your dog to chew. It can be broken into smaller pieces if your dog has a tendency to swallow it whole. For the treatment to be effective, it is important the dog consume the entire dose.

You should observe your dog for a few minutes after the dog has consumed the treat. Follow veterinarian recommendations regarding missed or partially consumed doses.

The chewables are individually wrapped in a blister pack. You should only remove one dose at a time. It is recommended you place the blister pack back in the box to avoid unnecessary light. Over exposure to light may diminish the effectiveness of the medicine.

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Tri-Heart Plus is a generic brand which contains the same active ingredients as Heartgard Plus

Trifexis is another chewable medication and this also treats other worms and adult fleas

Not sure which type to choose, take a look at our article on the Main types of preventives available

Heartgard cannot be used for puppies less than six weeks old.
It is considered safe for pregnant and nursing dogs. However, you should follow the advice of your veterinarian in this situation.

Heartgard for dogs is safe and effective as long as the instructions are followed. Few dogs have experienced reaction to this medicine. Some dogs may experience a reaction to the contents of the chewable treat and not the medicine contained in the treat. Watch your pet closely after the first dose is given for any signs of a reaction.
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Has Your Dog Tested Heartworm Positive?

heartworm treatment for dogsIf your dog has tested positive for heart worm and you are facing the prospect of heartworm treatment, this article sets out to explain exactly what is involved for you and your dog. The most effective treatment for a dog infected with heartworms is to inject an arsenic-based drug called Immiticide. This currently is the only medicine proven effective in killing the adult parasites lodged in the dog’s heart. Dirofilaria immitis is the parasitic roundworm that causes heart worms in dogs and other animals. The larvae are passed from mosquitoes to dogs. States with a tropical or humid climate are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Heartworms are prevalent in these states. However, heartworm disease has now spread through all 50 states. Continue reading