There is a large selection of heartworm, intestinal parasite, flea, and tick prevention products on the market. No one product is perfect for all dogs because each dog – and its companion family – has a different lifestyle and needs.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council (www.capcvet.org) recommends year-round heartworm prevention. This recommendation is based on multiple factors related specifically to heartworm, as well as the fact that modern heartworm preventives provide additional intestinal parasite control in our companion animals. The incidence of companion animal heartworm and intestinal parasite infections has increased because:
Increased intestinal parasite burdens in our companion dogs are a danger to young children, and to adults who are immunocompromised (HIV, autoimmune diseases, chemotherapy patients, pregnant women). Multiple
Considering all these factors, it is prudent to keep your dog on heartworm prevention year round.
Recommended Heartworm / Flea / Tick / Intestinal Parasite Preventives
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right preventive(s) for your pet. Please speak with your veterinarian about which products are the best choice for your dog and your family.
Oral heartworm / parasite products:
Interceptor Plus – heartworm, hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and tapeworm
Sentinel – heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and flea control (growth regulator only)
Heartgard - heartworm, roundworm, 2 types of hookworm prevention
Comfortis - flea control only (fast acting)
Bravecto – flea & tick control (12 week efficacy)
Topical heartworm / parasite products:
Revolution - heartworm, flea, tick (American Dog Tick only), ear mites and Sarcoptic mites
Topical Flea / Tick Products (no heartworm preventive):
Parastar - fleas, ticks, chewing lice
Parastar Plus – fleas & ticks (with growth regulator), chewing lice, Sarcoptic mites
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