How does heartworm medicine kill heartworms?

Answer To kill heartworm larva, a prevention medication is given to your cat or dog, which poisons the larva and minimizes adult worms. Adult heartworms are killed with injections of Immiticide, a drug c... Read More »

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How to Kill Heartworms?

Heartworm, or Dirofilaria immitis, is transmitted to a dog when an infected mosquito bites it. The larvae, called microfilariae, enter the bloodstream and eventually infect the heart. Left untreate... Read More »

When was heartworm medicine invented?

After being used on soldiers with filiariasis in World War II, diethylcarbamazine became the first heartworm medication prescribed to dogs beginning in the 1950s. This was more than 100 years after... Read More »

Can garlic kill heartworms in dogs?

According to Dr. Page Wages of the Oberlin Animal Hospital, garlic does not kill heartworms. In addition, Wages and the ASPCA note that garlic is toxic to dogs, especially in large dosages, so shou... Read More »

Can heartworm medicine be bought over the counter?

Many heartworm medications must be prescribed by a veterinarian but there are several different companies that make over-the-counter heartworm medication for pets. Heartgard, Revolution and Advanta... Read More »