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What is Interceptor?

Interceptor Flavor Tabs are a palatable once-a-month tablet that prevents heartworm disease, controls adult hookworms, and removes and controls adult roundworms and whipworm infections in dogs. Interceptor for cats is the only oral monthly preventative that protects against heartworms and removes adult roundworms and adult hookworms. Interceptor requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Dogs (4 weeks of age and weighing over 2 lbs), Cats (6 weeks of age and weighing over 1.5 lbs)

Benefits:
  • Given once a month
  • Easy to administer
  • Broad spectrum activity
How it Works:

Interceptor Flavor Tabs eliminate the tissue stage of heartworm larvae and the adult stage of hookworm, roundworm, and in dogs, whipworm infestations. The anthelmintic activity (destroying parasitic worms) of the active ingredient milbemycin oxime is believed to be a result of interfering with the invertebrates' neurotransmission.

Cautions:

Side effects of Interceptor are rare, but some animals may show signs of depression, drowsiness, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, hypersalivation, seizures, and weakness. If these or other symptoms develop, contact your veterinarian. Since humans can contract hookworm and roundworm from animals, you should maintain good personal hygiene. To prevent reinfection, cleaning up stool daily is recommended. Don't give your pet Interceptor if you are already administering another heartworm preventative.

Brand Name:

Interceptor (Elanco Animal Health)

Generic Name:

Milbemycin Oxime (mil-beh-my-sin ox-eem)

What is Interceptor:

Interceptor is given once a month for the prevention of heartworm disease in dogs and cats. Interceptor also protects against hookworm, roundworm and in dogs, whipworm. It is recommended by the American Heartworm Society that heartworm prevention be used year round. Interceptor is used "off label" in the treatment of sarcoptic mange in dogs.

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

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to Interceptor or milbemycin.

What is the most important information I should know about Interceptor:

Interceptor is a prescription medication FDA approved for use in dogs and cats. Interceptor is available as artificial beef (derived from pork and soy protein) flavored chewable tablets. The usual dose of Interceptor for dogs 2 to 10 pounds is 2.3mg (brown box), 11 to 25 pounds is 5.75mg (green box), 26 to 50 pounds is 11.5mg (yellow box) and 51 to 100 pounds is 23mg (white box) given once a month year round. The usual dose of Interceptor for cats 1.5 to 6 pounds is 5.75mg (green box), 6.1 to 12 pounds is 11.5mg (yellow box) and 12.1 to 25 lbs is 23mg (white box) given once a month year round.

How should this medication be given:

Give Interceptor exactly as directed by the veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Heartworm testing should be performed prior to the start of prevention therapy. If your pet is off Interceptor 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 Interceptor 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. Interceptor is safe for pregnant or lactating pets at a normal dose level.

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 Interceptor to my pet:

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

What are the possible side effects of Interceptor:

Side effects of Interceptor are rare although some animals may exhibit depression, drowsiness, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, hypersalivation, seizures and weakness. If these or other symptoms develop contact your veterinarian.

What other drugs will affect Interceptor:

While Interceptor is safe to use in dogs at risk for MDRI-allele mutation (Australian Shepherds, Collies, Shelties, etc.), unless tested normal, caution is advised if your pet is also being given amiodarone (Cordarone), azole antifungals such as ketoconazole, carvedilol (Coreg), cyclosporine (Atopica), diltiazem (Cardizem), erythromycin (Ery-Tabs) or clarithromycin (Biaxin), quinidine, spironolactone (Aldactone), tamoxifen, and verapamil (Calan). Do not give Interceptor to your pet if your pet is already taking an alternate heartworm medication.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Give Interceptor Flavor Tabs once a month on the same day of each month year round.
  • Interceptor Flavor Tabs can be given to dogs and cats.
  • Watch pet 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 from its wrapper until ready to give to pet.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies: (4 weeks of age or older)
Weight
Dosage
2-10 lbs
Give 1 Flavor Tab every month (Brown Box)
11-25 lbs
Give 1 Flavor Tab every month (Green Box)
26-50 lbs
Give 1 Flavor Tab every month (Yellow Box)
51-100 lbs
Give 1 Flavor Tab every month (White Box)
Over 100 lbs
Give combination of Flavor Tabs based on weight
Cats/Kittens: (6 weeks of age or older)
Weight
Dosage
1.5-6 lbs
Give 1 Flavor Tab every month (Green Box)
6.1-12 lbs
Give 1 Flavor Tab every month (Yellow Box)
12.1-25 lbs
Give 1 Flavor Tab every month (White Box)
Over 25 lbs
Give combination of Flavor Tabs based on weight
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at room temperature between 59° and 77° F.

Ingredients
Interceptor Brown (Dogs 2-10 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per flavor tab)
Amount
Milbemycin Oxime
2.3 mg
Interceptor Green (Dogs 11-25 lbs, Cats 1.5-6 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per flavor tab)
Amount
Milbemycin Oxime
5.75 mg
Interceptor Yellow (Dogs 26-50 lbs, Cats 6.1-12 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per flavor tab)
Amount
Milbemycin Oxime
11.5 mg
Interceptor White (Dogs 51-100 lbs, Cats 12.1-25 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per flavor tab)
Amount
Milbemycin Oxime
23 mg
Customer Reviews
Interceptor is rated 4.7011070110701105 out of 5 by 542.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So glad they went back to the original I was so happy to get notified last year that the flea protection was not in this anymore. My dog already had something for fleas and I didn't want to double dose her. She doesn't like pills so this small pill is easier to make her take.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this product. It works great with no side effects. My dogs love it too.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product First, the product apparently tastes great because my dog eats it's whole by itself! I don't have to hide it in cheese or anything!! Second, my dog has a super super sensitive stomach and this gave him no problems at all :) I've already reccomended it to some friends!
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! My puppy has used this medication for two months! Very easily to give, chews it all up and then goes about his day! No negative side effects & im sure he thinks he is getting a treat, great way to give medicine !
Date published: 2016-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy to use this product I give this to my Australian shepherd puppy. I do not know if she has the MDR1 gene that causes sensitivity to ivermectin which is in most heartworm meds, but why take the chance? She has had no side effects. I also like this because I prefer to give topical flea medicine and do not like the idea of combo products.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Order process went through quick in a professional way.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Effective and Easily Tolerated I've given my dogs Interceptor for years. It's gentle and effective. My late dog, Benjamin, had several allergies and sensitivities to different foods and medications, but he could take Interceptor without any ill effects at all. My current dog, Bodhi, takes it with no problem. He loves the taste of the pills and actually gets excited when he sees me open the box.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good results I like to keep Halo in as good a shape as I possibly can and Interceptor seems to be helping me to achieve that goal. I've been using it for almost a year now and have seen no adverse reactions to this med.
Date published: 2016-04-09
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Q&A

Is it safe to give to pregnant dogs?

Asked by: Siri
Yes, Interceptor is safe for pregnant or lactating pets at a normal dose level.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-12

If my dog is presently on Heartguard, but it has been a month since that was given can I use this our do I need to wait until next season to start this in place of Heartguard?

Asked by: SUEM
You can start when you would normally start your Heargard medication dosing.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-03

do I need to get a prescription?

Asked by: esther
Yes Interceptor requires a prescription.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-07-28

Is this medication for the treatment of heart worms or is it for prevention?

Asked by: Gina
Interceptor is a preventative medicine for heartworms. It can kill baby heartworms but not fully grown adult heartworms.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-07-27

What is the difference between Interceptor and Interceptor Plus?

Asked by: CSJF
Interceptor protects dogs against heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms. Interceptor Plus covers all of these parasites and provides additional coverage against tapeworms.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2016-03-04

My dog weighs 115lbs. Interceptor and heart guard only goes to 100lbs. How should I purchase this?

Asked by: Lyndz
Buy the pill for 100 pound weight. Call the company for confirmation regarding a correct answer.
Answered by: LDsMom
Date published: 2015-10-12

Dosage

Can a pill be split into more than one dose if it is meant for a larger dog. Dog weighs 6 lbs and pill is for 26 t 50 lbs. Use 1/5 of the pill???
Asked by: Mary
Pill splitting is not recommended because the pills have added ingredients to make the pill and the active ingredient in the pill may not distribute evenly. You need to use a pill that is recommended based on your dog's weight.
Answered by: LDsMom
Date published: 2015-10-12

My dog weighs 10.4 lbs, what dosage should I use?

Asked by: Lexy
Your vet would be best to tell you this or call the company directly.
Answered by: LDsMom
Date published: 2015-10-12
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