Keep your dog safe and protected from heartworms, hookworms, and roundworms at an affordable price with Iverhart Plus!
What is Iverhart Plus? Iverhart Plus is a heartworm preventative . It also works to control and treat common intestinal parasites (roundworms and hookworms). It comes in a chewable tablet that is flavored with pork and liver that is generally given every 30 days to provide protection. It is a generic alternative to Heartgard Plus.
Formulated for: Dogs and puppies must be over 6 weeks of age in order to receive this medication safely. Iverhart Plus is also considered safe for pregnant/breeding females.
How is this medication given? Iverhart Plus is given orally (by mouth) on a monthly basis in order to keep your dog protected from heartworm disease, roundworms, and hookworms. You can give tablets as a treat, in food, or you can give each dose directly into your dog’s mouth.
Try to give each dose on the same day every month. Be sure to observe your dog for a few minutes giving each tablet to make sure that he/she has swallowed the entire dose. If your dog spits a tablet out, give another one immediately.
This medication can be given all twelve months of the year or seasonally during mosquito season. Many veterinarians recommend giving a dose every month but some may recommend using this medication seasonally during mosquito season. If using this medication seasonally, the first dose needs to be given within 30 days of your dog's first exposure to mosquitoes and the last dose should be given within 30 days after the last exposure to mosquitoes or dosing may be ineffective. Each dose works to kill the parasites acquired during the previous month.
Your veterinarian will advise you on the frequency of administration that is right for your dog. If using this medication seasonally, heartworm testing may be necessary before giving a new dose. Your veterinarian can discuss testing protocols with you.
Generally, each dose is based on your dog’s body weight but always follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding the use of this medication. Only give this medication to the pet for whom it was prescribed for. Tablets should be given whole and should not be split. Contact your veterinarian if you have any questions regarding the use of this medication.
How does this medication work? Iverhart Plus contains 2 active ingredients: Ivermectin plus pyrantel pamoate. Each ingredient kills the susceptible parasite by causing paralysis that eventually results in death. Ivermectin works to eliminate the heartworm larvae (Dirofilaria immitus). This prevents the adult form of the heartworm from developing. Pyrantel pamoate is effective in causing paralysis and eventual death of common intestinal parasites (hookworms- Ancylostoma caninum, A. brasiliense, Uncinaria stenocephala and roundworms- Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina).
What results can I expect? Each monthly dose works well to kill immature heartworms that your dog was exposed to in the preceding month. It also works to control and treat roundworms and hookworms which are common intestinal worms that can cause illness in dogs and humans.
What Form(s) does Iverhart Plus come in? This is a flavored, chewable tablet. This size of medication is made to be given to dogs that weigh 51-100 lbs.
Generic Name: Ivermectin and pyrantel Pamoate (Commmon Drug Name). Iverhart Plus contains the same active ingredients as Heartgard Plus. )
Common Brand Name:Iverhart Plus (Virbac).
Uses: Iverhart Plus is used to prevent heartworm disease in dogs by killing immature heartworm larvae before they develop into adults that can cause illness. This medication also controls and treats common intestinal parasites (hookworms and roundworms).
- Cost effective
- Protects against heartworm infection aids in controling of intestinal worms
- Chewable, flavored tablets
- Pork and liver flavoring is a safe alternative for dogs with beef allergis
Possible Side Effects: If this medication is given at the recommended dose, side effects are rare. Gastrointestinal side effects like vomiting and diarrhea can occur. Other problems including incoordination, convulsions, or drooling can also occur but this is unusual. Symptoms of a true allergic reaction to this medication or dying of parasites include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, this can be an emergency so call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency hospital immediately. If you notice anything unusual once Iverhart Plus has been given, contact your veterinarian immediately for further instructions and advice.
Drug and Food Interactions: There are no known drug or food interactions with this medication, but always tell your veterinarian about any medications, vitamins, or supplements your dog is taking before starting this one since interactions can occur. Also tell your veterinarian if your dog is taking any other preventative medications before starting Iverhart Plus.
Precautions: Do not give this medication to in puppies less than 6 weeks of age. It is, however, considered to be safe to use in pregnant and lactating animals but you should discuss this with your veterinarian. This medication should be used more cautiously in Collies and herding breeds especially when given at higher doses because they are more sensitive to Ivermectin which is an active ingredient. Discuss the safety of this medication with your veterinarian if you own a dog that is a Collie or herding breed. Heartworm testing is necessary prior to starting this medication to ensure that it can be given safely. Talk to your veterinarian about the frequency of testing that may be necessary to protect your dog. Talk about other ways to protect your pets and yourself from intestinal parasite.