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Heartgard Chewable Tablets for Cats 5-15 lbs

Heartgard chewable tablets for cats helps keep your cat safe by working to prevent heartworm disease in addition to preventing and treating hookworms which is an intestinal parasite tha... Learn More

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Heartgard chewable tablets for cats helps keep your cat safe by working to prevent heartworm disease in addition to preventing and treating hookworms which is an intestinal parasite that can be common in cats.

What is Heartgard for Cats? Heartgard Chewable Tablets for Cats are a once-a-month combination heartworm preventative and worming medication that is effective in killing the immature stage of the heartworm. It is also effective in the removal and control of hookworms.

Heartgard chewable tablets are formulated for: cats and kittens over 6 weeks of age. This medication can be used in pregnant and nursing cats.

What are the benefits of Heartgard chewable tablets for cats? This medication is highly effective in preventing feline heartworm disease. It is also effective in killing and controlling hookworms which are intestinal parasites that are commonly found in cats. Chewable tablets given on a monthly basis makes it easy to administer.

How does Heartgard work? Heartgard contains ivermectin, which interferes with the parasite's nerve transmission. This causes paralysis and death of immature heartworms which prevents adult heartworms that can cause illness in your cat. This medication is also effective in paralyzing and killing adult and immature hookworms.

How is Heartgard administered? Heartgard must be administered monthly ideally on the same date each month. Veterinarians commonly recommend giving Heartgard year round, although some recommend giving it only during the mosquito season. If given seasonally, the first dose must be given within 30 days of the cat's first exposure to mosquitoes. The last dose must be given within 30 days after the cat's last exposure to mosquitoes.

Most cats will accept the chewable tablet as a treat. This medication should be chewed and should not be swallowed whole. Heartgard chewables can be broken into small pieces. Food should be available during the day of treatment. If the cat does not eat or if the chewables are swallowed whole, this medication may not be well-absorbed. Make sure your cat consumes the complete dose. If your cat spits out a dose, give another full recommended dose as soon as possible.

What results can I expect? Heartgard for cats will kill immature heartworms preventing the development of adult heartworms. It will also be effective in preventing and treating hookworms.

What Form(s) does Heartgard come in? Heartgard for cats is a chewable tablet that is available in boxes containing a 6 month or 12 month supply.

Common Brand Name: Heartgard Chewables for Cats (Merial

Generic Name: Ivermectin

Uses: Heartgard Chewables for Cats is used to prevent heartworm by killing heartworms in their immature stage (Dirofilaria immitis). It is also effective in removing and controlling hookworms (Ancylostoma tubaeforme and A. brasiliense).

Dose and Administration: It is recommended by the American Heartworm Society that heartworm prevention be used year round although you should check with your veterinarian for his/her recommendations. This medication is given one time per month as is given orally. Tablets are chewable and should be chewed and should not be swallowed whole. Most cats will accepts this medication as a treat. If your cat has a tendency to swallow his/her food or treats whole, you can break each tablet into small pieces. Make sure your cat has food available on the day of treatment. Check to make sure your cat swallows the complete dose. If not, give another pill as soon as you remember. If you are late on your cat’s monthly dose, this medication may not be optimally effective. If more than one monthly dose has been missed, do not restart this medication until you speak with your veterinarian. Contact your veterinarian if you have trouble giving this medication.



Possible Side Effects: Side effects from this medication are rare. Occasional, GI upset such as vomiting and diarrhea can occur. Call your veterinarian if your pet displays any unusual symptoms while taking Heartgard. At higher doses, agitation, loss of appetite, staggering, dilated pupils, tremors, blindness and disorientation are rare but possible.

Precautions: Heartgard should not be use in kittens less than 6 weeks of age. It is, however, considered to be safe to use in pregnant and lactating animals (female animals nursing their young). Speak with your veterinarian about any tests that may be necessary prior to starting Heartgard.

Drug and Food Interactions: Always tell your veterinarian about any medications or supplements your cat is taking before starting Heartgard although there are no known food or drug interactions that are known.

If your cat is taking another heartworm preventative, avoid use of Heartgard until you speak with your veterinarian.

Storage: This medication should be stored at room temperature out of reach from children and pets. Refrigeration is not necessary.

A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Heartgard for Cats.

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Heartgard Chewable Tablets for Cats 5-15 lbs
 
3.9

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Pros

  • Effective (9)
  • No side effects (7)
  • Gentle (5)
  • Long-lasting (5)
  • Easy to use (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Treat specific illness (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Super convenient

    This is much cheaper than the products that also target fleas and ticks. For our indoor cats we only need the heatworm protection. this is great for one cat who eats it. Our other...Read complete review

    This is much cheaper than the products that also target fleas and ticks. For our indoor cats we only need the heatworm protection. this is great for one cat who eats it. Our other cat need a topical. [...]. Price was lower than other on line services. We will be back.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    my cats won't eat them

    My cats won't eat them voluntarily, apparently not liking the taste or smell.

    My cats won't eat them voluntarily, apparently not liking the taste or smell.

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    5.0

    Happy Customer

    By Cat Lady

    from Fort Lauderdale Florida

    About Me Long-Time Pet Owner

    Pros

    • Effective
    • Gentle
    • Good Value
    • Long-Lasting
    • No Side Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Heartgard Chewable Tablets for Cats 5-15 lbs:

        Having a multiple cat household, the savings I get from Pet Food Direct
        really help out. Very happy with the service and will continue to use
        for all my cat care needs.

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        4.0

        heartgard for cats

        By gaelbee

        from El DOrado County, California

        About Me Long-Time Pet Owner

        Pros

        • Effective
        • Long-Lasting
        • No Side Effects

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Treat Specific Illness

          Comments about Heartgard Chewable Tablets for Cats 5-15 lbs:

          easy to order and easy to use

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          3.0

          Seems to do the trick

          By Mindy

          from Port Washington, NY

          About Me New Pet Owner

          Pros

          • Effective

          Cons

          • Have To Mix With Food

          Best Uses

          • Prevent Heartworm

          Comments about Heartgard Chewable Tablets for Cats 5-15 lbs:

          My cat does not like the taste so I have to mix it with food.

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          4.0

          as advertised

          By Gaelbee

          from Pollock Pines, CA

          About Me Long-Time Pet Owner

          Pros

          • Effective
          • Gentle
          • No Side Effects

          Cons

          • Difficult To Administer
          • Not All Cats Willing

          Best Uses

          • Treat Specific Illness

          Comments about Heartgard Chewable Tablets for Cats 5-15 lbs:

          if the cat won't eat it willingly, it becomes a bother. hide it in food. break it up and push down throat.

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          5.0

          Great!

          By Catdivagirl

          from somewhere over the rainbow

          About Me Long-Time Pet Owner

          Pros

          • Effective
          • No Side Effects

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            Best Uses

              Comments about Heartgard Chewable Tablets for Cats 5-15 lbs:

              I found this product to be great! I break the tablet into several small pieces and mix in with my cats wet can food. She never seems to even notice that it was in her food.

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