Keep your pet healthy and protected with Interceptor for Dogs 26-50 lbs! This palatable tablet helps prevent heartworm disease and protect against hookworms and roundworms in dogs and cats plus whipworms in dogs. One pill given once a month or as directed by your veterinarian is all it takes to keep your pet safe!
What is Interceptor? Interceptor for Dogs 26-50 lbs is a palatable tablet that is given orally (by mouth). It is administered every 30 days or as directed by your veterinarian. It is a preventative medication that protects against heartworm disease and some intestinal parasites. It kills immature heartworms plus adult hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum and Ancylostoma tubaeforme) and roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina) in dogs and cats. It also works to control and treat whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) in dogs.
Formulated for: Interceptor for Dogs 26-50 lbs can be used to protect dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens in the appropriate weight range. Interceptor is generally safe as long as dogs are over 4 weeks of age and as long as they weigh more than 2 pounds. Cats and kittens need to be over 6 weeks of age and must weigh more than 1.5 lbs in order to receive Interceptor safely. It is acceptable to give pregnant and nursing dogs Interceptor as instructed by your veterinarian.
How does this medication work? The main ingredient in Interceptor is milbemycin oxime works on the nervous system of the targeted parasites. This medication interrupts nerve transmission of each parasite which results in paralysis and eventual death. Interceptor works to kill heartworms in their immature stage (larvae) before they develop into adults that have the potential to cause illness in your pet. This medication is also effective in controlling adult hookworms. It also controls and treats roundworms in dogs and cats plus whipworms in dogs. Each monthly dose of Interceptor provides protection against heartworms and intestinal worms that your pet was exposed to in the preceding month.
What results can I expect? Interceptor kills immature heartworms that your pet was exposed to in the preceding month. It also controls adult hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum and Ancylostoma tubaeforme) in dogs and cats. It is a broad-spectrum preventative so it also works to control and treat other intestinal parasites such as whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) in dogs and roundworms (ascarids - Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonine) in dogs and cats when used as directed.
What Form(s) does Interceptor for Dogs 26-50 lbs come in? Interceptor is a tablet. Tablets are flavored and highly palatable.
Generic Name: Milbemycin oxime (Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name: Interceptor (Novartis Animal Health)
Possible Side Effects: Interceptor rarely produces side effects. Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, drooling, staggering, weakness, and seizures are all infrequent but possible side effects. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet displays any unusual symptoms after receiving Interceptor.
Drug and Food Interactions: There are no known drug or food interactions associated with Interceptor but they have the potential to occur. Tell your veterinarian about any medications, heartworm preventatives, flea/tick preventatives, vitamins, or supplements your pet is taking before starting him/her on Interceptor.
Precautions: Your veterinarian will discuss the frequency of heartworm testing that is necessary for your pet. The safety of Interceptor in pregnant, nursing, or breeding cats has not been established. Tell your veterinarian about any drug reactions your pet has had in the past especially if pet has previously reacted to Interceptor, milbemycin, or any other heartworm medication. Some intestinal worms can be spread to humans. Discuss strategies you can use in order to keep your pet and you safe.
Dose and Administration:
- Safe for dogs and cats of the appropriate body weight.
- Many pets readily accept these palatable tablets although they can be crumbled if necessary.
- One dose given once a month is all it takes to protect your pet!
- Effectively eliminates immature heartworms before they cause illness in your pet.
- Broad spectrum so works well to control and treat roundworms (dog and cats) and whipworms (dogs).
- Helps control hookworms in dogs and cats.
Interceptor is usually administered based on your pet’s body weight every 30 days. Your veterinarian will give you the exact instructions for your pet. Each tablet is given orally (by mouth). Try to give each tablet on the same day every month. If you forget to give a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If over one month has gone by since the last dose, you should speak with your veterinarian before re-starting this medication because heartworm testing may be necessary prior to re-starting your pet on Interceptor. If the interval between doses is longer than 30 days, Interceptor’s action may be reduced. Interceptor is, however, usually given year-round although seasonal use during mosquito season is also acceptable. If your pet receives Interceptor seasonally, give the initial dose within 30 days of his/her first exposure to mosquitoes and the last dose within 30 days after his/her last exposure to mosquitoes. If your pet does not accept Interceptor easily, try to crumble each tablet and mix it with a small amount of food. After your pet takes this medication, observe him/her closely in order to be sure that the entire tablet has been swallowed. Give another dose as soon as possible if you notice that your pet has spit out a dose of Interceptor. Do not remove the tablet from its wrapper until you are ready to give a dose to your pet. Interceptor should only be give to the pet for which it has been prescribed for.