Interceptor Offers Prescription Parasite Protection
Interceptor is a Novartis developed drug that has been
designed to help prevent heartworms, but it goes further.
There are two main varieties of this product, one for
dogs and one for cats. Both require a prescription from
your veterinarian. The medicine is given to your pet as
a flavored tablet that they chew and swallow in order
to ingest the medicine. There are size requirements for
each dosage so be sure to pay attention to these before
you give your pet any flavor tab.
Interceptor for Dogs and Puppies prevents heartworms,
removes mature roundworms and whipworms while controlling
Interceptor for Cats and Kittens prevents heartworms
while removing mature hookworms and roundworms.
Before treating a dog or cat for heartworms, they must
first be tested by your veterinarian. This should happen
every 6 months so if it has been longer than 6 months
since your pet was tested, it should be done again before
giving them this medicine.
Interceptor was designed as a full spectrum treatment
that is given to your pet each month to help protect them
against all of the parasites mentioned above. Since humans
can become infected with roundworms and hookworms, it
is important to use this type of medication to keep your
dog free of these parasites.
This brand has been proven effective for many owners
of dogs and cats that had frequent incidents of worms
so it is commonly turned to as a solution to help pets
be parasite free. Used monthly, parasites are not allowed
to settle in and begin reproducing to create an infection.
Failure to treat these types of worms can lead to serious
medical complications for your pet, so deciding on a strong
brand such as Interceptor as a treatment is a sound
idea you should discuss with your veterinarian.
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What is this medication used for
Interceptor is used in the prevention of heartworm disease
and in the control of hookworm, roundworm and whipworm.
Interceptor is available by prescription as chewable Flavor
How this medicine should be used
Interceptor is FDA approved for use in dogs and cats.
The usual dose of Interceptor for dogs 2-10 pounds is
2.3mg, 11-25 pounds is 5.75mg, 26-50 pounds is 11.5mg
and 51-100 pounds is 23mg given once a month year round.
The usual dose of Interceptor in cats 1.5-6 pounds is
5.75mg, 6.1-12 pounds is 11.5mg, and 12.1-25 pounds is
23mg given once a month year round. An alternate treatment
is to give this medication once a month during the mosquito
season and also one month after the season ends. Consult
your veterinarian for the dose of Interceptor when used
to treat other parasites.
What are the side effects
Side effects of Interceptor are rare although some animals
may exhibit depression, drowsiness, vomiting, loss of
appetite, diarrhea, hypersalivation, seizures and weakness.
What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic
to it. The pet should be tested for heartworm disease
before starting this medication. If the pet has been off
heartworm preventative for 6 months or more, retest in
6 months since microfilaria, that take 6 months to mature,
will cause a positive test result. Because humans can
contract hookworm and roundworm from animals it is important
to maintain good personal hygiene. It is also important
to eliminate fleas on the pet and in the household and
to not feed the pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish.
To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.
In the event of overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.
How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the original box. Do not remove
the tablet from the foil wrap until ready to give the
medication. Keep this medication out of the reach of children