Changing Heartworm Pills

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Changing heartworm pills can be done simply by using the new product in the next month's cycle, but keep an eye out for any changes in behavior or health. Always treat cats and dogs for heartworm prevention with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet health.

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What we're going to talk about now is changing heartworm pills. Going from one product to another. There are multiple different types of oral heartworm prevention for dogs and cats. Heartworm prevention is extremely important for multiple reasons. The obvious is that we're preventing heartworms from growing to the adult stage. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes and when mosquitoes bite they inject larvae into the bloodstream which eventually grow over months and end up in the heart. That can cause heart failure. Once that has occurred, if you treat the heartworms, which is a totally different therapy, not prevention, the heart damage is done. And so when we're talking about these medications, they're very important to keep going monthly or however they are directed. These medications are a little bit different in what drug they have and when these drugs kill, the sub-adult heartworms and can prevent other intestinal parasites as well. So check with your clinic, they can work you through that. The way to switch or change pills with heartworm is to just start the new product in the next month cycle since most of these are given once a month. You always when you change any kind of product or medication, you always want to watch for any kind of a reaction and so if you give a new heartworm pill, you want to watch them that day and just make sure there's no vomiting or diarrhea or any kind of side effect which are generally rare if any. You also obviously have to have a heartworm negative dog before you start using any of these medications. But just go ahead and start on your next cycle.

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