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Tri-Heart Plus - Generic to Heartgard Plus - Interceptor
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Interceptor
Tri-Heart Plus - Generic to Heartgard Plus
Prevents Heartworm Disease checkmark checkmark
Roundworms checkmark X mark
Hookworms checkmark checkmark
Whipworms checkmark X mark
Tapeworms X mark X mark
Fleas X mark X mark
Other Parasites X mark X mark
Safe for Breeding, Pregnant or Nursing Pets Yes, at normal dose levels Has shown a wide margin of safety at the recommended dose level in dogs, including pregnant or breeding bitches, stud dogs and puppies aged 6 or more weeks
Age/Weight Requirements 4 weeks of age and weighing over 2 lbs 6 weeks of age or older and no weight requirement
Rx Prescription Required checkmark checkmark
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Usage Interceptor Usage Tri-Heart Plus - Generic to Heartgard Plus Usage
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Veterinarian Review (Michael Dym, VMD) Interceptor is a very trustworthy and reliable monthly heartworm preventative whose main ingredient milbemycin eliminates the tissue stage of heartworm larvae, as well as killing and controlling intestinal parasites such as adult hookworms, roundworms and whipworms. By using this preventative year round, animal guardians have an excellent weapon against most common internal parasites. Interceptor is easy to administer, and comes in a chewable tablet, although I have found taste a problem with occasional pets. I also love the fact that interceptor has only one main ingredient, which does seem to cut down on rare reactions in pets. The only major drawback to this product is the need to combine it with other products for more comprehensive flea, tick and external parasite control. Given the rapidly expanding world of generics in the human pharmaceutical industry, it is indeed a pleasure for me as a practitioner of 16 years or experience to also see the same cost saving but equally as effective alternatives in the veterinary field as well. Heartworm disease is on the increase again in the United States. And given the importance and sometimes difficulty of client compliance in keeping up with costly monthly heartworm preventative medicines, it is great that Merck Animal Health has offered a generic version like Tri-Heart Plus to help meet this continued threat. Hopefully the savings on this preventative will encourage even more clients to have their pets on year round internal parasite control against the year round threat of heartworms, roundworms and hookworms. Tri-Heart Plus is quite safe in as pups as young as 6 weeks of age, as well as pregnant and nursing dogs. While I would rather have seen a beef flavored chewable over the pork flavor, dogs seem to love this pill just the same. The only disadvantage I have seen is very rare digestive upset in some patients which could be from the ivermectin or pyrantel main ingredients, or possibly from the pork flavoring.
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