Heartgard for Cats
Common Drug Name
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Heartgard Chewables for Cats?
Talk to your veterinarian about the heartworm testing that is recommended before starting your cat on a heartworm prevention program.
Some intestinal parasites, such as hookworms can be spread to people. Talk to your veterinarian about other measures you can take to prevent your pet from being infected with intestinal worms, and protecting yourself.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your cat is taking, and also if your cat has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If a dose is missed and over 30 days have gone by since the last dose, give Heartgard immediately and resume a monthly dosing schedule. Tell your veterinarian that a dose was missed.
What is the most important information I should know?
If the interval between doses is longer than one month, the efficacy of the drug is reduced.
Who should not take it?
Do not use in kittens less than 6 weeks of age. Considered to be safe to use in pregnant and lactating animals (female animals nursing their young).
This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
What side effects may be seen when taking Heartgard Chewables for Cats?
Side effects are very rare, but may include vomiting and diarreha. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you observe any of these signs.
How is it stored?
Store between 68°F-77°F (20°C-25°C). Short time periods between 59°F-86°F (15°C-30°C) are permitted. Protect product from light. The chewable form of the drug is appealing to pets and children. Store in a secure area to prevent an accidental overdose. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any vomiting or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Heartgard Chewables for Cats?
Although there are no known drug or food interactions with this medication, consult with your veterinarian before using Heartgard with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, since interactions may occur.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the Patient Information Sheet on this medication. For technical assistance or to report suspected adverse reactions, call the manufacturer, Merial, at 1-888-637-4251.