Heartgard is an anthelminthic (dewormer)
used for the prevention of heartworm disease in dogs and cats.
Heartgard is also used for the control of hookworm in cats.
Combined with pyrantel pamoate (Heartgard Plus), it also
protects against hookworm and roundworm in dogs.
It doesn’t matter whether your dog is a
pampered pooch or is active and strong, every dog
is at risk for getting heartworm disease, a potentially deadly
Heartgard is given once a month year round for
the prevention of heartworm disease. The usual dose of Heartgard
in dogs up to 25 pounds is 68mcg, for 26-50 pounds is 136mcg and
for 51-100 pounds is 272mcg. Dogs over 100 pounds are given a
combination of tablets. The usual dose of Heartgard in cats 5
pounds or less is 55mcg and for cats 6-15 pounds is 165mcg. The
chewable tablets should be chewed. They are not meant to be
swallowed whole. For dogs that normally swallow treats whole,
the tablet can be broken into pieces. As an alternate to year
round dosing, this medication can be given during the mosquito
season and for one month after the season ends.
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