Saint Bernard Pet Care Monthly Soluble Heartworm Tablets are an efficient and cost-effective method of controlling heartworms in dogs.
It works to prevent heartworm infection by killing the larval stages of Heartworm (Dirofilaria Immitus) should your pet be infected by a carrier mosquito. The drug effectively causes the Larval stages to be paralysed and therefore unable to develop into adults, thus protecting your beloved pet from this nasty killer. This treatment is safe to use and has no side effects when administered at normal dosages in dogs that aren’t allergic to them, although caution should be used when administering them to Collie breeds of dog.
► Proven, efficacy against heartworm larval stages.
► Australian innovation – developed and manufactured locally, and proudly wearing the badge that proves it!
►Safe to use in breeding stock, can be administered to pregnant and lactating bitches, stud dogs and young puppies (from 6 weeks of age).
►Easy to administer.
►When administered at normal dosages in dogs, side effects are rare (unless allergic – which is also rare).
Why should I treat my pet for Heartworm?
Heartworm is generally spread by biting insects, especially mosquitos. Don’t think that just because your pet is an indoor animal, they are safe, we have all been bitten by a mosquito in the house or in the car at some point in our lives…so can your dog.
Obviously tropical areas have a higher incidence of mosquitos and Heartworm, however, studies in foxes haves shown that even in Melbourne suburbs, Heartworm prevalence can be as high as 7%, and in Sydney suburbs as high as 9%. While there have been no studies in companion animals to compare this to, it is reasonable to assume that almost 1 in 10 untreated pets may be affected by Heartworm.
Heartworm can be bad news for dogs. The adult worms set up shop in the heart, surrounding blood vessels and lungs, causing damage to these major organs as they do so. Symptoms are as a result of heart failure, and in dogs can include:
- Lethargy and loss of energy when exercising
- Coughing or difficulty breathing
- Weight loss
- Swollen belly
- Sudden collapse
- Sudden death
These parasites are discreet, that is, they can hide in your pet for a long time before they begin to show signs of infestation, because they are slow to mature. Once mature, the adults start shedding microfilaria into the blood, ready for a mosquito to transfer to another dog.
Treating a heartworm infection is costly, risky, painful and prolonged. As with most things in life, prevention is much better than cure.
Heartworm Life-Cycle. This fantastic image was borrowed from the American Heartworm Society Website (check them out that the following link, for more information and a little quiz):
Active Ingredients (per tablet):
|Ivermectin||68ug, 136ug and 272ug|
How do I protect my pet?
With Saint Bernard Pet Care Monthly Heartworm Tablets, dosage is simple. We have three tablet sizes to make dosing your pet easy:
|Small||Up to 11Kg|
|Medium||11Kg to 22Kg|
|Large||23 Kg to 45 Kg|
Saint Bernard Pet Care Heartworm Tablets do not have to be given with food, although, if you struggle with giving your pet their tablet, they can be crushed and mixed with a little wet/canned tasty food. Even better, they are completely soluble and can be dissolved in water before administration – they won’t even know they are being medicated!
Frequency of medicating:
Monthly – no ifs, buts or maybes. This should be given year-round, while mosquitos are more prevalent in certain months, they can appear throughout the year, and expose your pet to risk.
Saint Bernard Pet Care Heartworm Tablets may be given safely to all dogs including old animals, young pups, working dogs and greyhounds. It may be given to pregnant bitches at any stage of their gestation.
Saint Bernard Pet Care Heartworm Tablets have a wide safety margin, although caution should be used to ensure correct dosing, especially in Collie-breeds.
Saint Bernard Pet Care Heartworm Tablets may be safely combined with other treatments, for example Intestinal worm prevention such as Saint Bernard All Worming Tablets, and flea and tick treatments.
Should you test your pet before starting medication with Saint Bernard Heartworm Tablets? That depends on a few things:
1) If you have never used Heartworm prevention, it is highly recommended that a test be performed prior to starting treatment. It is a wise idea to do a second test, 6 months after starting treatment as the test will only detect adult worms and the larval stages can take up to 6 months to develop into adults.
2) If you are more than a month overdue for your treatment, it is advisable to consult with a veterinarian, who will likely advise you to restart the medication and test 6 months after restarting medications.
3) If you have been up to date on a different type of Heartworm prevention, you do not need to test before switching over to this medication.
Saint Bernard Pet Care Heartworm Tablets should be stored at room temperature. It should be kept away from heat. There is no need to refrigerate the product.
Saint Bernard Pet Care Heartworm Tablets come in packs of 6 tablets.
Together we can protect your family, furry or otherwise!