Interceptor Plus is a deworming agent that protects against heartworm and kills tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
How to use
Interceptor Plus for Dogs is a chicken-flavored chewable that is given to the dog once a month. The tasty flavor makes the dog think it's a treat, and most dogs just gobble it right up. A prescription from a veterinarian is necessary in order to buy this product.
Dogs should be tested for heartworms before starting on a regimen with this medication. This agent does not kill adult heartworms, which need to be treated with a different drug.
How it works
Interceptor Plus contains two active ingredients, milbemycin oxime and praziquantel. Praziquantel goes to work to immediately kill any tapeworms living in your dog's digestive tract. Although tapeworms in dogs rarely cause overt symptoms, they can cause weight loss. In addition, humans, in particular children, can contract tapeworms from an infested dog. Infested children can experience abdominal pain, weight loss, and mild nausea.
The milbemycin oxime rapidly goes to work to kill other types of worms in your dog's digestive tract, including hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. In addition, it kills immature heartworms in the dog's bloodstream, preventing heartworm disease from occurring.
Mosquitoes transmit heartworms. When an infected mosquito bites a dog, immature heartworms enter the dog's circulatory system. If not treated with a preventative agent, these heartworms will mature, a process that takes about seven months. Once the worms are mature, they can't be killed by any of the heartworm preventative agents, and they start reproducing.
Over time, a fairly large number of adult worms can accumulate inside an infested dog. The worms live in the heart, lungs, blood vessels, and kidneys, and can cause severe physical damage. If untreated, many dogs eventually die from heart complications caused by the disease.
While overt heartworm disease can be treated, it is much easier to simply prevent the disease by administering a preventative agent. Treatment for heartworm disease is expensive, takes a long time, and is very hard on the dog. Some dogs suffer from serious complications or even die from the heartworm treatment.
The active ingredients in this deworming and heartworm preventative medication have been in regular use for many decades. They are both considered to be quite safe. On rare occasions, dogs might vomit or get diarrhea after being administered one of the chewables. Extremely rare adverse events include lethargy, ataxia, salivation, confusion, and even overt seizures.