Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin/Pyrantel)
What is Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin/Pyrantel) used for?
Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin/Pyrantel) is an oral anti-parasite medication prescribed to treat and prevent heartworm infections affecting dogs. It operates by destroying heartworm larvae introduced into the body by mosquito bites or other forms of transmission allowing them to be expelled. Regular use may also prevent further infections and other types of worm infections including those caused by roundworms or hookworms.
How should I use Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin/Pyrantel)?
Follow the instructions of your veterinarian and those included with the packaging to get the best results from Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin/Pyrantel). One tablet is normally administered each month. These should be given orally and are chewable making administration easier. Ask your veterinarian any questions you have about the medication before beginning administration to make sure you are using it correctly. You are advised to mark your calendar to make sure the tablet is administered each month to ensure the best coverage.
What are the side effects of Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin/Pyrantel)?
Most dogs will not experience side effects after taking Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin/Pyrantel). Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible if you witness any severe or worrying side effects appearing such as fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea that is watery or bloody, hair loss, seizures, or allergic reactions such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may cause require lower doses or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin/Pyrantel) should only be used in dogs and is not meant to treat cats or other animals. You are also recommended to bring your pet in for a medical check prior to beginning the use of the medication to make sure it does not have conditions that may cause complications during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your veterinarian or pharmacist while using Heartgard Plus (Ivermectin/Pyrantel). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the animal and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain animals, it is essential you always inform your veterinarian if it is pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if it has any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if it is taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if it has an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.