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Heartworm Disease in Dogs

By: Dr. Nancy Laste

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Preventative Care

Prevention of heartworm disease is easy and should be undertaken in all dogs. These include monthly and daily preventatives.

Monthly preventatives include:

  • Milbemycin oxime (Interceptor Flavor Tabs®)
  • Milbemycin oxime (Sentinel Flavor Tabs®)
  • Ivermectin (Heartgard®)
  • Selamectin(Revolution®)
  • Moxidectin (Pro Heart®)

    Daily preventatives include:

  • DEC (Decacide®, Nemacide®). Use of these daily medications has almost entirely been replaced by the monthly preventatives. Although DEC is effective and the non-chewable forms inexpensive, it needs to be administered every day during the heartworm season, and if any doses are missed, a filarial test needs to be repeated before restarting.

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