Get your dog started on the right foot today with Interceptor for Dogs 2-10 lbs. One pill once a month kills canine heartworms in their immature stage before they become adults that may cause illness. Interceptor also provides protection against hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms which makes it a great broad spectrum preventative.
What is Interceptor? Inteceptor for Dogs 2-10 lbs is a highly palatable tablet that is given by mouth (orally) every 30 days. It eliminates the tissue stage of heartworm larvae and the adult stage of hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum), roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), and whipworm (Trichurisvulpis) infestations when administered according to the recommended dosage schedule.
Formulated for: Interceptor for Dogs 2-10 lbs can be given to dogs and puppies of the appropriate body weight. Dogs need to be over 4 weeks of age and must weigh more than 2 pounds.
How does this medication work? Milbemycin oxime is the active ingredient in Interceptor. It causes paralysis of the affected parasite by causing an interruption in its nerve transmission. This results in the death of adult intestinal worms and also works to kill immature heartworms (larvae) before they develop into adults that can cause illness in your dog. Each monthly dose protects against heartworms that your dog was exposed to in the preceding month. It also provides protection against adult hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms which are common intestinal parasites.
What results can I expect? Interceptor is effective in killing immature heartworms that your dog may have been exposed to in the preceding month. Adult hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum and Ancylostoma tubaeforme) can also be effectively controlled with this medication. Roundworms (ascarids - Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonine) and whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) can be treated and controlled with Interceptor too.
What Form(s) does Interceptor for Dogs 2-10 lbs come in? Interceptor is a highly palatable tablet. You can purchase Interceptor in boxes that contain either 6 or 12 monthly doses.
Generic Name: Milbemycin oxime (Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name: Interceptor (Novartis Animal Health)
Dose and Administration: Give Interceptor exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions, ask your veterinarian to explain them to you. Generally, this medication is given once a month and the exact dose is based on your dog’s body weight. If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you remember. If over 30 days have gone by since the last dose, contact your veterinarian before re-starting this medication as heartworm testing may be necessary prior to starting therapy again. If the interval between doses is longer than one month, the efficacy of the drug may be reduced. Do not remove the tablet from its wrapper until you are ready to administer it. This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
Uses: Interceptor for Dogs 2-10 lbs is a preventative medication that is given by mouth on a monthly basis. It provides protection against canine heartworms and some intestinal worms. Interceptor kills the immature form of the heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis). It also controls adult hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum and Ancylostoma tubaeforme) and removes/controls adult roundworms (ascarids - Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonina) and whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) in dogs.
- Easy to administer.
- One pill given monthly kills immature heartworms.
- Also controls hookworms.
- Controls and treats roundworms and whipworms.
- Highly palatable so most dogs will consume the tablet willingly when offered by the owner.
Possible Side Effects: Interceptor rarely produces side effects but they can occur. Side effects may include vomiting, depression, diarrhea, drooling, staggering, weakness, and seizures. If you observe anything unusual once your dog has been given Interceptor, contact your veterinary immediately.
Drug and Food Interactions: Although there are no known drug or food interactions, they are always possible with this medication. Always tell your veterinarian about any other medications, heartworm preventatives, flea/tick preventatives, vitamins, or supplements your dog is taking prior to starting Interceptor.
Precautions: Heartworm testing is necessary before starting Interceptor in order to make sure that your dog can safely tolerate it. Discuss the frequency of heartworm testing with your veterinarian. Do not use Interceptor in puppies less than 4 weeks of age or less than 2 pounds. The safety of Interceptor in pregnant, nursing, or breeding cats has not been determined. Always tell your veterinarian if your dog has previously reacted to Interceptor, milbemycin, or any other heartworm medication. Some intestinal parasites, such as hookworms and roundworms can be spread to people. Talk to your veterinarian about other measures you can take in order to keep your dog and you safe from intestinal worms.
Storage: Interceptor for Dogs 2-10 lbs should be stored in a dry place away from pets and children.
A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Interceptor.