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The Best Heartworm Preventive for Dogs




Hardy Parasite

"Spring and summer are a parasite's busiest time!"

There are several things that concern dog owners as winter tiptoes into the delightful warmth of springtime. Hands down, the worse and most irritating worries for dog owners are ticks, fleas and heartworms – for humans and dogs alike. Using the best heartworm preventive for dogs is especially important if the dog travels with its owner or lives in an area where heartworms are prevalent. In this case, starting the dog on a scheduled routine at six to eight weeks of age is considered vital.

Heartworm preventives for dogs are given two ways. One is all year round, especially if living in the deep South where heat and mosquitoes go hand-in-hand. The second method is to begin the heartworm preventive one month before the mosquito season begins until one month after the first frost — May until December is a good assessment. The difference in each dog heartworm med varies, with the majority heartworm pills or liquids.

Some of the best heartworm pills for dogs are Sentinel, Interceptor and Revolution heart worm medicines. With a rescue kennel of elderly dogs with various health issues, the preventive I choose needs to be good for 29 dogs — affordable and easy to apply for dogs of various weights — and controls as many parasites as possible. By the time a dog reaches 17 years of age, they are pretty crafty at spitting a pill out once your back is turned with the most angelic of expressions – while never moving a muscle or blinking an eye

Revolution Heartworm medicine (Selamectin)

  • Once a month application
  • Treat puppies six weeks and older
  • Topical (liquid) once-a-month parasiticide application
  • Can be used for dogs and cats against external/internal parasites
  • Applied to the skin of the dog’s neck between the shoulder blades
  • Vet prescription-only (not a pesticide), FDA-approved medication in premeasured dosages
  • Treats heartworms, adult fleas, and prevents flea eggs from hatching for 30 days
  • Treats ear mites and mites causing scabies (sarcoptic mites)
  • Treats for the American dog tick
  • Less than 1% of dog study show side effects of digestive problems
  • Non-greasy and quick drying
  • Can bathe the dog two hours after application of medication
  • Do not use in dogs who are weak, sick or underweight
  • Available in three-to-six-doses for adult dogs of individual weights
  • Available in three-single doses for puppies
  • Available in no-drip disposable tubes

Interceptor heartworm medicine (milbemycin oxime)

  • Once a month application
  • Treat puppies six weeks and older
  • Beefy Flavor Tabs
  • Pre-testing for heartworm suggested (antigen and microfilaria)
  • If another heartworm preventive has been used, wait one month before giving Interceptor
  • Can be used for dogs and cats against external/internal parasites (no approved treatments are available for cats)
  • Vet prescription-only (not a pesticide), FDA-approved medication in premeasured tabs
  • Treats heartworms, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.
  • Very few side effects
  • Do not use in dogs who are weak, sick or underweight

Sentinel heartworm preventive (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron)

Sentinel combines the heartworm preventive Interceptor and the flea control Program.

  • Once a month application with Lufenuron (Program) and Milbemycin Oxime (Interceptor)
  • It is advised for this product be given all year long
  • The first dose needs to be give within 30 day of the dog’s exposure to mosquitoes
  • Is needs to be given on the same calendar day every month with a full meal, with the dog eating the entire meal with the dose of Sentinel
  • Treat puppies four weeks of age and older or over two pounds
  • Given in beef flavored tablet form
  • Used for dogs with heartworm and intestinal parasites
  • Vet prescription-only (not a pesticide), FDA-approved medication in premeasured dosages
  • Treats for fleas (not adults), heartworms, ascarids, hookworms and whipworms.
  • This program prevents the fleas from producing
  • Do not use in dogs who are weak, sick or underweight
  • Safe for pregnant and nursing dogs

Conclusion

Vet DepotOlder flea programs like Program are combined with the heartworm preventive Sentinel for the new broad-spectrum program called Interceptor. What is good about this particular product is the wide variety of parasites it controls. Interceptor seems to be a stronger product as a 30 day wait was advised after switching products and a preliminary heartworm testing procedure was advised.

Revolution was my number one choice, as it offers more for what I need and is easy and quick to apply between the shoulder blades. But overall, it would depend on what a dog owner needs in order to choose the best heartworm preventive in dogs. They are all good choices.

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