How to Give Heartworm Pills to a Dog

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Heartworm pills for dogs usually come in the form of a chewable tablet, and they should be administered to a dog in a pill pocket treat, in a small piece of bread or just plain once a month. Keep a pet dog updated on heartworm prevention with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Let's talk about how to give heartworm pills to dogs. There are several companies that make heartworm pills. Specifically, the most commons ones that we see are either in a chewable or a tablet form. These medications are once a month. It's always hard sometimes to keep up monthly, and so some of these companies have the calendar stickers that you can put on your calendar to appropriate that date for when you're supposed to give it. Giving heartworm medication on the first of the month is generally a little bit easier for people to remember, or give it all bill time or something like that. Other medications, like Interceptor, Sentinal, are in a tablet, or sometimes a flavored tablet form. Now, some dogs are more suspicious of that, and so there are tricks into doing that. Using bread or something like that to coat that tablet, or use something like pill pockets to coat around it, so it fools them into thinking that it's a treat to begin with. And so it's important to stay on monthly heartworm prevention, because (a) it prevents heartworms, obviously, and (b) it's a monthly dewormer for certain types of intestinal parasites as well, and so it'll help control any intestinal parasites that your dog may come across.

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