What is Interceptor Plus (milbemycin oxime/praziquantel)?
Interceptor Plus is a monthly, broad spectrum parasiticide used to prevent heartworm disease, as well as treat and control common intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Interceptor Plus offers long-lasting protection in the convenience of a tasty, easy-to-administer chewable. The chewable tablets are chicken flavored, which is an added benefit for dogs suffering from beef allergies. Most dogs love the taste, and you can rest assured that your best friend will be protected against heartworms for a full month. Interceptor Plus requires a prescription from your veterinarian. It is available as a 6-pack, which provides six months of heartworm protection or as a 12-pack which provides 12 months of protection.
NOTE: To protect your dog from flea and ticks, try Credelio.
Dogs and Puppies over 6 weeks of age and weighing more than 2 pounds
Each tablet provides a full month of protection against heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms
Tasty, chicken-flavored chewable is easy to administer
Chewables can be given directly to your dog or broken up and mixed with food
Available in four weight categories: 2-8 lbs, 8.1-25 lbs, 25.1-50 lbs, and 50.1-100 lbs
Package includes calendar reminder stickers to help make sure you never miss a dose
How does Interceptor Plus work?
Interceptor Plus contains the active ingredient milbemycin oxime to prevent heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis as well as treat and control roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. It also contains praziquantel, which treats tapeworm infection.
For use in dogs and puppies over 6 weeks of age and weighing more than 2 pounds
only. Do not use in cats or in humans. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. Treatment with fewer than 6 monthly doses after the last exposure to mosquitoes may not provide complete heartworm prevention. The safety of Interceptor Plus has not been evaluated in dogs used for breeding or in lactating females.
What is the most important thing I should know about Interceptor Plus?
Interceptor Plus is used for the prevention of heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis, and for the treatment and control of adult roundworm (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), adult hookworm (Ancylostoma caninum), adult whipworm (Trichuris vulpis) and adult tapeworm (Taenia pisiformis, Dipylidium canium, Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus granulosus) infections in dogs and puppies over 6 weeks in age and weighing over 2 lbs. Prior to administration of Interceptor Plus (milbemycin oxime/praziquantel), dogs should be tested for existing heartworm infections. See Interceptor Plus label for complete safety information.
How should Interceptor Plus be given?
Interceptor Plus should be administered orally, once every month, at the minimum dosage of 0.23 mg/lb (0.5 mg/kg) milbemycin oxime, and 2.28 mg/lb (5 mg/kg) praziquantel. For heartworm prevention, give once monthly for at least 6 months after exposure. Dogs weighing 2-8 lbs should be given one Interceptor Plus chewable tablet (Orange Box) monthly. Dogs weighing 8.1-25 lbs should be given one Interceptor Plus chewable tablet (Green Box) monthly. Dogs weighing 25.1-50 lbs should be given one Interceptor Plus chewable tablet (Yellow Box) monthly. Dogs weighing 50.1-100 lbs should be given one Interceptor Plus chewable tablet (Blue Box) monthly.
What are the potential side effects of Interceptor Plus?
The following adverse reactions have been reported in dogs after administration of milbemycin oxime or praziquantel: vomiting, diarrhea, depression/lethargy, ataxia, weight loss, convulsions, weakness, and salivation.
What happens if I miss giving a dose of Interceptor Plus?
Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
What happens if I overdose my pet on Interceptor Plus?
Contact your veterinarian immediately.
What other drugs will affect Interceptor Plus?
Do not give Interceptor to your pet if your pet is already taking an alternate heartworm medication.
How to Use
Interceptor Plus Directions:
Administer one Interceptor Plus chewable once every month.
Interceptor Plus may be offered by hand or broken into pieces and fed to dogs that normally swallow treats whole.
Interceptor Plus chewables should be administered in a manner that encourages your dog to chew, rather than to swallow without chewing. Care should be taken to be sure that your dog consumes the complete dose.
Observe your dog for a few minutes after administration to ensure that no part of the dose is lost or rejected. If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost, redosing is recommended.
Place the treatment reminder stickers (included) on your calendar for each of the months following the date of the initial treatment to help prevent missing a dose.
Interceptor Plus Dosage for Dogs:
Dogs/Puppies (6 weeks of age or older, weighing more than 2 lbs):
One chewable tablet monthly (Orange)
One chewable tablet monthly (Green)
One chewable tablet monthly (Yellow)
One chewable tablet monthly (Blue)
Over 100 lbs
Use the appropriate combination of Interceptor Plus chewable tablets monthly
Interceptor Plus Dosage for Cats:
Do not use!
Interceptor Plus Dosage for Horses:
Do not use!
Store at controlled room temperature between 59-77 F.