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Ivermectin-Pyrantel - Generic to Heartgard Plus

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What is Ivermectin-Pyrantel - Generic to Heartgard Plus?

Tri-Heart Plus Ivermectin/Pyrantel for dogs is a heartworm preventative that also controls roundworms and hookworms. Ivermectin/Pyrantel is a generic equivalent to Heartgard Plus, and requires a prescription from your veterinarian. It has the same active ingredients and is the same strength. Ivermectin/Pyrantel is considered to be the #1 generic heartworm preventative recommended by veterinarians.

For:

Dogs (6+ weeks of age, no weight requirement)

Benefits:

  • Tasty flavored chewable tablets
  • Easy to administer
  • Small, easy-to-chew tablet for smaller or finicky dogs
  • Given once a month

How does Ivermectin/Pyrantel work?

Ivermectin/Pyrantel is an anthelmintic (dewormer). The ingredient pyrantel pamoate is used to treat and control roundworms and hookworms in dogs.

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. The safe use of this drug has not been evaluated in pregnant or lactating bitches. Store Ivermectin/Pyrantel at room temperature. Do not remove the tablet from its wrapper until ready to give to your pet. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

Brand Name:

Tri-Heart Plus (Merck)

Generic Name:

Ivermectin/Pyrantel

What is the most important thing I should know about Ivermectin/Pyrantel?

Ivermectin/Pyrantel is a prescription medication available as flavored chewable tablets. The usual dose of Ivermectin/Pyrantel in dogs up to 25 lbs is 68 mcg/57 mg (Blue box), for dogs 26-50 lbs is 136 mcg/114 mg (Green box) and for dogs 51-100 lbs is 272 mcg/227 mg (Brown box). Dogs over 100 lbs are given a combination of tablets.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Ivermectin/Pyrantel to my pet?

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to the medication.

How should Ivermectin/Pyrantel be given?

Give Ivermectin/Pyrantel exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. 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 your pet is off Ivermectin/Pyrantel 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.

What are the potential side effects of Ivermectin/Pyrantel?

Side effects of Ivermectin/Pyrantel are rare at the recommended heartworm prevention dose, but may include lethargy, limpness, salivation, shaking, diarrhea, decreased appetite, licking lips, and belching. Higher doses in dogs may cause tremors, dilated pupils, loss of body weight, or death.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of Ivermectin/Pyrantel?

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 Ivermectin/Pyrantel?

If you suspect that your pet has received an overdose of Ivermectin/Pyrantel, consult your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.

What should I avoid while giving Ivermectin/Pyrantel to my pet?

Because humans can contract hookworms 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. To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.

What other drugs will affect Ivermectin/Pyrantel?

Do not give Ivermectin/Pyrantel if your pet is already being given another heartworm medication.

How to Use

Ivermectin/Pyrantel Directions:

  • Give Ivermectin/Pyrantel Flavored Chewables once a month on the same day of each month year-round.
  • Ivermectin/Pyrantel Flavored Chewables can be given by hand, mixed intact with a small amount of food, or placed in the back of your dog's mouth for forced swallowing.
  • Watch your 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 the chewable from its wrapper until ready to give to your pet.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies: (6+ weeks of age)
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:

Should be stored at room temperature.

Ingredients

Ivermectin/Pyrantel Ingredients:

Ivermectin/Pyrantel - Blue Box (Dogs up to 25 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per chewable tablet)
Amount
Ivermectin
68 mcg
Pyrantel
57 mg
Ivermectin/Pyrantel - Green Box (Dogs 26-50 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per chewable tablet)
Amount
Ivermectin
136 mcg
Pyrantel
114 mg
Ivermectin/Pyrantel - Brown Box (Dogs 51-100 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per chewable tablet)
Amount
Ivermectin
272 mcg
Pyrantel
227 mg
Customer Reviews
Ivermectin-Pyrantel - Generic to Heartgard Plus is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 1065.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Service!! Always liked 800PetMeds... good service and great prices!!.. Thank you
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tri-Heart Plus Is Not Chewable As Advertised The Tri-Heart Plus tabs are not chewable as advertised on the box. The pills are extremely hard. My dog will not readily chew and swallow them. I must grind the pill up (which is hard to do) and mix them with his dog food. My recommendation is to spend the extra money and forego buying the generic.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confused I'm confused is tri- heart plus is it for heartworms and the treat of hook worms in dogs I need just medicine for prevention of heart worms thanks y'all.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Service & Product Really great price on tablets for both my dogs. Service and speed in delivery was excellent!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item!! This item works great!!! No issues!!
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From Skeptic to Believer First, my std poodle loves these. Second, they are almost half the cost I had been paying and they compare to the name brand. Whar’s Not to like here. Oh, they included a dog treat that she loves.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great All three dogs are on this med works great for me less money also same result, great service from pet meds Thanks
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great price, great results! I’ve been using this product sense I’ve had dogs and have had no problems. They all love it making it easy to give the required monthly dose.
Date published: 2017-11-05
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Q&A

what if my dogs vomits after taking Tri-Heart, shall I repeat the dose?

Asked by: UteH
Yes, if it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost, redosing is recommended.
Answered by: Adriane
Date published: 2017-11-22

Is generic heart worm medication just as strong as Heartgard?

Asked by: Shirley
Thank you for your question. The Heartgard Plus and the Generic Tri-Heart Plus share the same active ingredient. However Heartgard Plus is a beef flavored soft chewable, where as Tri Heart Plus is a pork flavored chewable tablet.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-12-01

My dog weighs right about 50lbs. Which dosage would be appropriate? She is a new rescue around age 2, so she may put on a couple healthy pounds but not change much otherwise over time.

Asked by: KaseyJo
Thank you for your question. For a 50lbs dog the appropriate dose is 26-50, unless otherwise prescribed by a veterinarian. As this is a prescription medication the dose would be prescribed by the vet based on your pets exact weight on file .
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-10-12

Is this product made in the United States?

Asked by: Lori
Yes, this product is manufactured in the U.S.
Answered by: Cherley Petmeds Pro
Date published: 2017-10-30

I know it is not recommended that the dog swallows the pill whole but is it ok if he does from an effectiveness standpoint.

Asked by: Buckie
Efficacy is directly related to the amount of medication absorbed and the main concern with it being swallowed whole is that in some animals the tablet has passed through their digestive system's and then found whole in the pet's stool. In cases like this none of the medication was absorbed and will not be efficacious. The tablet may be broken up into smaller pieces prior to giving it to your pet but please make sure all of the pieces are being given at the same time to ensure better absorption.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2017-10-02

What are the non drug ingredients? - My dog is allergic to beef - how can I know if my dog can take this if I cannot see the inert ingredients as well as the chemical doses?

Asked by: Butler
Thank you for your question. The best option to find out the inactive ingredients and flavoring would be to contact the manufacturer.
Answered by: leanniejo
Date published: 2017-08-24

Where is this drug made

Asked by: Docster
Thank you for your question. This product is made in the U.S.A.
Answered by: leanniejo
Date published: 2017-08-21

Can this be used to treat heartworms like heartgard can?

Asked by: Kimberly 92
The active ingredients are identical but neither is an approved heartworm treatment. Both are heartworm preventatives and in heartworm positive dogs will prevent further infection with new worms but will NOT kill the adult worms already present in the heart. The adult worms will live out their normal lifespan and then die and as long as there are no new worms to replace them, the dog will eventually be free of heartworms.
Answered by: SuzyCVT
Date published: 2017-10-02
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