Date: 2009-12-03 21:00:28 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re:Heartworms? treatment vs prevention
For prevention of heartworms: ivermectin (Heartgard), selamectin
(Revolution, also called Stronghold), moxidectin (ProHeart 6;
Advantage multi, also called Advocate) are all just about 100% effective,
and all 3 are safe to use.
The other preventative is milbemycin (Interceptor).
It is also just about 100% effective as a preventative and safe to use.
When it comes to treatment options, they do not all work as well.
Ivermectin and moxidectin (ProHeart 6) will slowly kill the adult
heartworms, but this may take 6 to 18 months. Selamectin is not as good
at killing the adult heartworms, so it is not recommended for treatment.
Immiticide (the product that we use in dogs to treat adult heartworms)
works great in dogs, but it is NOT safe enough for use in ferrets or cats.
Thus ProHeart or ivermectin is recommended for heartworm treatment in
Pred is used during treatment to limit blood clots and to reduce
in the lungs.
Needless to say it is better to prevent heartworms than to treat heartworms!
Hope that clears things up,
Jerry Murray, DVM
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