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What is Heartgard Plus Chewables?

Heartgard Plus is a real-beef chewable tablet for dogs that provides protection against heartworms, and treats and controls roundworms and hookworms. Heartgard Plus is given monthly and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Dogs (6 weeks of age or older and no weight requirement)

Benefits:
  • Considered the most tasty heartworm chewable tablet (beef flavor)
  • Effectively controls heartworms, roundworms & hookworms
  • Only given once a month
How it Works:

Heartgard Plus contains ivermectin, a broad-spectrum antiparasitic medication used to prevent heartworms. Heartgard Plus also contains Pyrantel Pamoate, an anthelminthic, used to prevent roundworms and hookworms.

Studies have indicated that certain dogs of the herding breeds are more sensitive to the effects of ivermectin administered at elevated dose levels due to the MDR1 gene. Dog breeds that may be affected include Australian Shepherd, Australian Shepherd Mini, Border Collie, Collie and English Shepherd.

Cautions:

Can cause sensitivities in herding dog breeds. Heartgard Plus chewable tablets should be chewed, not swallowed whole. The tablets may be broken into pieces and fed to dogs that normally swallow treats whole. Make sure that your dog eats the entire dose. It is important to give your dog Heartgard Plus every month year-round. Do not skip winter months as your dog may become infected. If you miss than two months of dosage, please consult with your veterinarian as to whether to continue medication.

Brand Name:

Heartgard Plus (Merial), Iverhart Plus (Virbac), Tri-Heart Plus (Intervet)

Generic Name:

Ivermectin, Pyrantel pamoate

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Heartgard Plus to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to the medication, any of its individual ingredients, or to beef.

How should this medication be given:

Give Heartgard Plus exactly as directed by the veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Heartgard Plus chewable tablets must be chewed. They should not be swallowed whole. Use with caution, Collies and other herding dog breeds have been known to have adverse reactions to ivermectin administered at elevated dose levels. Heartworm testing should be performed prior to the start of prevention therapy. If the animal is off Heartgard Plus for 6 months or less, start the medication and test after 6 months since microfilaria, that take 6 months to mature, will result in a positive test result. Store Heartgard Plus at room temperature. Do not remove the tablet from its wrapper until ready to give the medicine. Keep this medication away from children and pets. In addition, Heartgard Plus has shown a wide margin of safety at the recommended dose level in dogs including pregnant or breeding bitches, stud dogs and puppies aged 6 or more weeks.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What should I avoid while giving Heartgard Plus to my pet:

Because humans can contract hookworm from animals, it is important to maintain good personal hygiene. It is also important to eliminate fleas on the pet and in the household and to not feed the pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish. To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.

What are the possible side effects of Heartgard Plus:

Side effects of Heartgard Plus are rare at the recommended heartworm prevention dose. Higher doses in dogs may cause tremors, dilated pupils, and loss of body weight and death.

What other drugs will affect Heartgard Plus:

Do not give Heartgard Plus to your pet if already taking another heartworm medication.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Give Heartgard Plus Chewables once a month on the same day of each month year round.
  • Heartgard Plus Chewables are for dogs only. Do not give to cats.
  • Heartgard Plus Chewables should not be swallowed whole.
  • Chewables may be broken and fed to dogs as pieces, or crumbled and mixed with food.
  • Watch dog closely following dosing to be sure the entire dose has been swallowed. If it is not completely swallowed, give one more full recommended dose as soon as possible.
Tip:

Do not remove chewable from its wrapper until ready to give to pet.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies: (6 weeks of age and older)
Weight
Dosage
Up to 25 lbs
Give 1 chewable every month (Blue Box)
26-50 lbs
Give 1 chewable every month (Green Box)
51-100 lbs
Give 1 chewable every month (Brown Box)
Over 100 lbs
Give combination of chewables based on weight
Cats:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this product at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children.

Ingredients
Heartgard Blue Chewables (for Dogs 1-25 lbs):
Active Ingredient
Amount
Ivermectin
68 mcg
Pyrantel
57 mg
Heartgard Green Chewables (for Dogs 26-50 lbs):
Active Ingredient
Amount
Ivermectin
136 mcg
Pyrantel
114 mg
Heartgard Brown Chewables (for Dogs 51-100 lbs):
Active Ingredient
Amount
Ivermectin
272 mcg
Pyrantel
227 mg
Customer Reviews
Heartgard Plus Chewables is rated 4.797630799605133 out of 5 by 1,013.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product Been giving Heartgard to my dogs for 4 yrs. never had any issues. One dog is allergic to some dog foods and medications but he does fine on theses.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Never had aproblem with Heartgard Plus
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My baby loved it I bought this a month ago and my dog loved it. I usually give him medicine with a piece of ham or else he won't eat it but this one he ate by itself he actually thought it was a treat and wanted more.
Date published: 2016-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tasty Treat to Prevent Heartworm Our French Bulldogs have always had a difficult time with the hard tablets. Most of the time they had to be cut in to pieces and hidden in soft snacks, peanut butter or greenies. With Heartgard, they think it is a snack. In addition, this product has never made any of our pets sick like, ComboGuard and Sentinel.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chewable Our 1 year old Bichon has always taken Heartguard Plus without any problems.I like that it is chewable and easy to give to him.It's more like a treat to him. 1-800-Pet Meds is very convenient to use and has excellent customer service.
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartgard Plus works We have a 7-tear-old, 11-pound Chi, and have always used Heartgard Plus for him and it has worked wonderfully and he loves his monthly "treat." 1-800-PetMeds makes it so easy for me as they contact my vet and mail them to me along with a special "treat" just for Buddy added to the box. I recommend Heartgard Plus and 1-800-PetMeds to everyone.
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very satisfied My dog has done well on Heargard Plus.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheweable I use to have my husband or son to help give my dog her oral heartworm med, and it was stressful especially for Mocca. Her new vet recommended Heartgard and it was bliss. I just offer it to her as a treat and done! She likes it and no side effects. Only 4 stars for now because I can't attest to its effectivity, yet. So far she's good. The price is LOT cheaper in 1800Petmeds than the pet stores even when they were on sale. Love the free delivery and the dog treat.
Date published: 2016-06-15
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Q&A

My dog weighs 113 pounds.  The heart guard only goes up to 100 pounds...will that be enough for my dog or is there a different kind I should get? 

Asked by: Alex
When your dog is over 100 pounds, you will need to get a combination of the meds. Talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate combo you will need.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-19

I've been giving this to my pugs for years.  I just read here that they should be broken up which I've not been doing.  Has this caused less effectiveness of the medication?

Asked by: Lance
You don't need to break it up as long as your pug has been chewing it up before swallowing. It shouldn't be swallowed whole.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-19

I bought this for my dog but she won't eat the chew any recommendations on how to get her to eat it?

Asked by: Tanya
I have a 3lb 12oz 3.5 year old yorkie who would not eat it any way I would try to give it to him. If your baby is on flea meds some of them already have heartgard all in one application. My baby gets a half of a pill (trifexis) which covers *prevents* many issue's once a month all at once. We also have 2 indoor/outdoor cat's so it controls fleas. The first time the vet gave me the beef chew I looked at him like he was crazy and asked them how in the world do I get him to eat this. He won't even touch treats. Speak with your vet, their may be other options! Good luck to you and your baby!
Answered by: Sylis3mama2013
Date published: 2016-08-18

Does it also prevent fleas?

Asked by: JJPUP
Heartgard does not control fleas.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-18

What if your dog weighs over 100 pounds

Asked by: kathy
You'll need a combination of the chewables. Contact your veterinarian about the appropriate dose for your dog.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-17

Can you use heartguard and Comfortis at the same time?

Asked by: Julie
These two meds can be used together at the appropriate doses.Contact your veterinarian if you want to start any other medications for possible interactions.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-17

Will it kill fleas?

Asked by: MissM
No HeartGard does not work on neither fleas nor ticks.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-11

Can a pregnant dog take heartguard

Asked by: Sole
Heartgard Plus has shown a wide margin of safety at the recommended dose in pregnant dogs. Consult your veterinarian when asking for the prescription.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-11
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