Subscribe to VETERINARY PRACTICE NEWS   SUBSCRIBER SERVICES   
VPN Logo   
 Home   About Us   Contact Us
 

Heartworm Prevention Medication Westbrook ME

ese are amazing compounds with efficacy at remarkably low doses against internal and external parasites. With the exception of the well-known blood-brain barrier problem in certain collie breeds, this drug class poses almost no significant safety concerns. These compounds have moved heartworm prevention from the world of the daily into the monthly and, either on their own or in formulations with other products, also provide concurrent protection against internal parasite infections.

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic
(207) 370-1992
192 Brackett Street
Portland, ME
Promotion
New Patients Welcome!
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Large Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Cumberland Animal Clinic
(207) 615-0683
212 Greely Road
Cumberland, ME
Promotion
$10 off for a new patient visit! Show this coupon for $10 off your first new pet visit at the Cumberland Animal Clinic!
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Surgery

Ruksznis, Amy L, Dvm - North Deering Veterinary Hosp
(207) 797-4855
456 Auburn St
Portland, ME

Data Provided by:
Robbins, Jeff, Dvm - Casco Bay Veterinary Hospital
(207) 761-8033
1041 Brighton Ave # 12
Portland, ME

Data Provided by:
Forest Avenue Veterinary Hosp
(207) 797-4840
973 Forest Ave
Portland, ME

Data Provided by:
Forest Avenue Veterinary Hospital
(207) 370-4938
973 Forest Ave
Portland, ME
Promotion
Get a free nail trim with your first exam!
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Exotic Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Stoneledge Animal Hospital
(207) 797-4292
607 Bridgton Rd
Westbrook, ME

Data Provided by:
Wright, Robert E, Dvm - Cat Doctor
(207) 874-2287
183 Brighton Ave
Portland, ME

Data Provided by:
North Deering Veterinary Hosp
(207) 797-4855
456 Auburn St
Portland, ME

Data Provided by:
Portland Veterinary Specialist
(207) 780-0271
2255 Congress St
Portland, ME

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Heartworm Preventive Sales

The current monthly oral and topical heartworm preventives, as well as ProHeart6, the injectable six-month formulation for dogs, are all members of the same pharmaceutical class: the macrocyclic lactones. These are compounds or chemical derivatives of compounds produced by various soil-dwelling species of actinomycete bacteria within the genus Streptomyces.

Ever since the introduction to small animal veterinary medicine of the first member of the class, ivermectin (as Heartgard), these compounds have become the mainstay of heartworm prevention in the United States and around the world.

These are amazing compounds with efficacy at remarkably low doses against internal and external parasites. With the exception of the well-known blood-brain barrier problem in certain collie breeds, this drug class poses almost no significant safety concerns. These compounds have moved heartworm prevention from the world of the daily into the monthly (or semi-annual with ProHeart6) and, either on their own or in formulations with other products, also provide concurrent protection against internal parasite infections.

All in all, from the point of view of the dog and cat, health care now is similar to that of people after World War II when penicillin and related antibiotics jumped onto the scene and provided a remarkable method of combating bacteria. Life is good!

The safety of the molecules and their great efficacy are unfortunately lulling people into a sense of complacency. All practicing veterinarians know of a colleague who treats heartworm-infected dogs with the simple administration of a monthly preventive. All veterinarians have argued with clients or themselves about the need to annually test animals that are on year-round (or even soundly prescribed seasonal) prevention.

Veterinarians who treat heartworm cases with Immiticide are aware of the recommendation to treat dogs first with a monthly preventive (usually ivermectin), and thus are aware that the medications can be safely administered to microfilaremic dogs.

And if you read the labels for the canine products Heartgard Plus, Interceptor, Sentinel, Revolution, Iverhart Max and Advantage Multi, you will see that they all say they are safe for dogs with circulating microfilariae.

Thus, there are those who argue that there is no reason to check a dog before beginning a preventive program, because it is not dangerous for the dog, it will “slowly kill” the adult heartworms over a number of months, and any microfilaremia will eventually resolve after the adult worms are removed.

If the above arguments are true, if you can treat existing infections with a monthly product, if you do not have to check heartworm status before you start preventive and if annual checks are pointless because the worms will ultimately be killed by the product anyway--then, why not just sell heartworm preventives over the counter?

Make the products available in Target and Wal-Mart. There are people out ther...

Copyright 2009 BowTie Inc.

Click here to read the rest of this article from Veterinary Practice News