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Which Heartworm Preventative is Right for Your Pet?
Because heartworm disease is easily prevented and can be difficult and dangerous to treat, heartworm prevention for your pet is the best strategy. There are several effective heartworm preventatives available. Which is the best heartworm preventative for your dog or cat?
Topical Heartworm Preventatives
If your dog or cat will not readily take oral medications, you might choose a topical heartworm preventative. Revolution and Advantage Multi are both spot-on heartworm preventatives that you apply to your pet’s skin once monthly, and are available for cats or dogs. Both of these products have the added advantage of treating fleas as well as other parasites.
Oral Heartworm Preventatives
There are even more oral heartworm preventatives available. Oral heartworm medications come in either a chewable tablet form such as Interceptor, Sentinel, Iverhart or Trifexis, or in a soft chew that pets love, such as Heartgard. Trifexis and Sentinel combine heartworm prevention with flea control. Oral heartworm preventatives also control various intestinal parasites.
If you are looking for an oral heartworm preventative for cats, you may choose either Heartgard for Cats or Interceptor.
Regular Use is Important for Heartworm Prevention
Whether you choose to use a heartworm preventative in a topical or oral form, regular monthly use in the correct dose for your dog or cat is important. Heartworm has been found in all 50 states, so year round heartworm prevention is recommended.
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