What should I discuss with my veterinarian regarding Interceptor® Plus (milbemycin oxime/praziquantel) for my dog?
Your veterinarian is your dog’s health care expert and can make the best recommendation about medications for your dog. This includes the prevention, control and/or treatment of parasites such as heartworms and intestinal parasites that may cause conditions including heart disease and other parasite-related problems. Key points of your discussion may include the following:
- As with other heartworm preventives, dogs should be tested for heartworm disease before beginning treatment with Interceptor Plus.
- If a dose is missed and/or the monthly interval between doses is exceeded, immediately give Interceptor Plus with food and resume monthly dosing. This practice will minimize the opportunity for heartworms to grow. Also, continuing normal monthly dosing will allow you to gain control of any intestinal parasites (hookworm (A. caninum), roundworm, whipworm and tapeworm (T. pisiformis, E. multilocularis, E. granulosus and D. caninum)) that might have infected your dog.
- Like all medications, keep Interceptor Plus out of reach of children. Interceptor Plus is not for use in humans.
Why did my veterinarian prescribe Interceptor Plus?
Your veterinarian prescribed Interceptor Plus to protect your dog from problems that an infection from common parasites can cause. Interceptor Plus prevents heartworm infections, which can make dogs very sick and can even be fatal. Interceptor Plus will also treat and control common adult intestinal worm infections (hookworms*, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms (T. pisiformis, E. multilocularis, E. granulosus and D. caninum)).
How can I purchase Interceptor Plus?
Interceptor Plus is a preventive medication, only available with a prescription from a veterinarian.
Why does Interceptor Plus require a prescription?
Heartworm prevention products are approved by the FDA and require a prescription obtained through a licensed veterinarian who has a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship with you and your dog. Your veterinarian is your best source of information about what’s best for your dog, including whether Interceptor Plus might be the right choice for your dog. Before administering parasite protection such as Interceptor Plus, it’s important for your veterinarian to test your dog for a heartworm infection. Interceptor Plus is a preventive medication, only available with a prescription from a veterinarian who can best advise you on how to use the product safely and effectively.
Does my dog need a heartworm test before starting Interceptor Plus?
It is important for your veterinarian to assess your dog’s heartworm status prior to initiating a monthly heartworm disease preventive or prior to changing from one brand of preventive to another.
Will my dog still need to be tested for heartworm infection while taking Interceptor Plus?
The American Heartworm Society and Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommend annual testing for heartworm infection. You should ask your veterinarian about the recommended frequency of heartworm testing for your dog while taking Interceptor Plus.1,2
How do I switch to Interceptor Plus from another heartworm preventive?
Follow the advice of your veterinarian about switching heartworm preventives.
Can other medications be given while my dog is taking Interceptor Plus?
In well-controlled field studies, Interceptor Plus has been given safely with a variety of other medications and there are no known contraindications for the use of Interceptor Plus with commonly used veterinary products when used at labeled dosages. As always, tell your veterinarian about all products that you give or plan to give your dog, including those you can get without a prescription and dietary supplements.
Can Interceptor Plus be given if my dog has food allergies?
Interceptor Plus is flavored with real chicken. If your dog is allergic to chicken, you might consider other heartworm and intestinal parasite protection products. Please discuss these options with your veterinarian.
Is Interceptor Plus safe for small dogs?
Interceptor Plus is approved as safe for use in dogs and puppies 2 pounds of body weight or greater and 6 weeks of age and older. Ask your veterinarian for more information about any unique risks or treatment details that you need to consider based on your dog’s weight.
Does my dog’s age matter when using Interceptor Plus?
Interceptor Plus is approved as safe for use in dogs and puppies 2 pounds of body weight or greater and 6 weeks of age and older. Ask your veterinarian for more information about any unique risks or treatment details that you need to consider based on your dog’s age.
Should I give Interceptor Plus each month all year?
The American Heartworm Society and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), an independent group established to create parasite-control guidelines, both recommend treating dogs year-round with broad-spectrum parasite protection.1,2 However, you should consult your veterinarian regarding specific recommendations. If you do not administer Interceptor Plus monthly throughout the year, continue administering the medication for at least 6 months following the last exposure to mosquitoes.