Heartgard Chewables for Cats are a flavored treatment for cats given once a month to prevent heartworms, and for the removal and control of adult and immature hookworms. Heartgard Chewables for Cats require a prescription from your veterinarian.
Cats (6+ weeks of age, no weight requirement)
Heartgard Chewables for Cats prevent heartworm disease by eliminating the tissue stage of heartworm larvae for a month after infection.
It is important that you give your pet this preventative every month. If you miss than two monthly doses, we recommend calling your vet before continuing the medication. Also, note that side effects are rare at the recommended heartworm prevention dose. Side effects in cats include agitation, loss of appetite, staggering, dilated pupils, tremors, blindness and disorientation.
Heartgard Chewables (Merial)
Heartgard Chewables for Cats is a prescription medication available as a palatable meaty flavored chewables tablet. The usual dose of Heartgard Chewables for cats 5 pounds or less is 55 mcg (red box) and for cats 6 to 15 pounds is 165 mcg (purple box). The chewable tablets must be chewed and should not be swallowed whole. For cats, the pieces can be broken and crumbled into food or fed directly to the cat.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to Heartgard, ivermectin, or to beef.
Give Heartgard Chewables for Cats exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Heartgard chewable tablets must be chewed. They should not be swallowed whole. Store Heartgard Chewables for Cats at room temperature. Do not remove the chew from its wrapper until ready to give the medicine. Keep this medication away from children and pets. Heartgard Chewables for Cats are safe for use in pregnant or lactating cats.
Side effects of Heartgard Chewables for Cats are rare at the recommended heartworm prevention dose. Side effects that may occur in cats include agitation, loss of appetite, staggering, dilated pupils, tremors, blindness and disorientation.
Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
If you suspect that your pet has received an overdose of Heartgard Chewables for Cats, consult your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.
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 your pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish. To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.
Do not give Heartgard to your pet if already taking another heartworm medication.
Do not remove the chew from its wrapper until ready to give. Heartgard Chewables for Cats must be chewed. They should not be swallowed whole. For cats, the chew can be crumbled onto food or fed directly to the cat. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
|Up to 5 lbs||Give 1 chewable tablet (red box) once a month|
|5 to 15 lbs||Give 1 chewable tablet (purple box) once a month|
|Dogs||Do not use!|
|Horses||Do not use!|
Store this product at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children.