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Whether your pet spends most of his/her time indoors or outdoors, Interceptor for Dogs 11-25 lbs will help to protect him/her from heartworms and some intestinal parasites. When given once a month or as directed by your veterinarian, Interceptor works to kill heartworms in their immature stage before they become adults that may cause illness. Interceptor also provides protection against hookworms and roundworms in dogs and cats plus whipworms in dogs making it a great option to protect your pet!
What is Interceptor? Interceptor for Dogs 11-25 lbs is an oral tablet. It is given by mouth (orally) once a month in order to prevent heartworm disease and some intestinal parasites. It kills immature heartworms and the adult stage of hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum and Ancylostoma tubaeforme) and roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina) in dogs and cats. It is also effective against whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) in dogs when administered according to the recommended dosage schedule or as directed by your veterinarian.
Formulated for: Interceptor for Dogs 11-25 lbs can be given to dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens of the appropriate body weight. Dogs need to be over 4 weeks of age and must weigh more than 2 pounds. Cats and kittens must be over 6 weeks of age and must weigh more than 1.5 lbs. Interceptor can be given safely to pregnant and nursing dogs as necessary.
How does this medication work? Interceptor contains milbemycin oxime which works to cause an interruption in the affected parasite’s nerve transmission. This results in paralysis and eventual death of the affected parasite. Interceptor is effective in killing heartworms in their immature stage (larvae) before they develop into adults that may be responsible for causing illness in your pet. This medication also works to kill adult hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms which are common intestinal parasites. Each tablet given monthly provides protection against heartworms and intestinal worms that your pet was exposed to in the preceding month.
What results can I expect? Interceptor should be effective against immature heartworms that your pet was exposed to in the preceding month. Adult hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum and Ancylostoma tubaeforme) should also be adequately controlled with this medication. It also works to control and treat whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) and roundworms (ascarids - Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonine) if used as directed.
What Form(s) does Interceptor for Dogs 11-25 lbs come in? Interceptor is a flavored tablet.
Generic Name: Milbemycin oxime (Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name: Interceptor (Novartis Animal Health)
Drug and Food Interactions: No specific drug or food interactions have been reported with this medication but they are always a possibility. Always tell your veterinarian if your pet is taking other medications, heartworm preventatives, flea/tick preventatives, vitamins, or supplements before starting your pet on Interceptor.
Possible Side Effects: Side effects with Interceptor rarely occur but are possible. Vomiting, depression, diarrhea, drooling, staggering, weakness, and seizures are examples of problems that may occur. If your pet displays any unusual symptoms once he/she has received Interceptor, contact your veterinary immediately.
Storage: Store Interceptor for Dogs 11-25 lbs in a dry place away from children and pets.
Dose and Administration:
- Safely to both dogs and cats
- Monthly dosing schedule makes it easy and convenient
- Tablets are highly palatable
- Kills immature heartworms before they have the chance to cause illness in your pet.
- Controls and treats roundworms (dogs and cats) and whipworms (dogs).
- Also controls hookworms in dogs and cats.
Interceptor should be administered to your pet exactly as instructed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions, ask your veterinarian to explain them to you. This medication is given by mouth (orally) once a month and the exact dose is usually based on your dog’s body weight. If a dose is missed, 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 starting therapy again. If the interval between doses is longer than 30 days, Interceptor’s action may be reduced. Do not remove the tablet from its wrapper until you are ready to give a dose to your pet. Interceptor is flavored so most pets will take each tablet like it was a treat. If your pet does not take this medication readily, you can crumble each tablet and mix it with a small amount of food. Watch your pet closely after you give him/her Interceptor to make sure that the complete dose has been ingested. Only give this medication to the pet for which it has been prescribed for.Precautions:
Heartworm testing should be performed prior to starting your pet on Interceptor. This is necessary in order to make sure that your pet can safely tolerate it. Your veterinarian will discuss the frequency of heartworm testing with you. Do not use Interceptor in puppies less than 4 weeks of age or less than 2 pounds. Cats and kittens must be over 6 weeks of age and must weigh more than 1.5 lbs in order to receive Interceptor safely. The safety of Interceptor in pregnant, nursing, or breeding cats has not been determined. Always discuss any previous drug reactions your pet has had with your veterinarian especially if pet has previously reacted.