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    DefaultHeartworm Medication dosage

    So it's that time of the month again to give Interceptor (heartworm prevent). *I was looking at the dosage and apparently, for a dog 26-50 it gets 11.5mg. *For a dog 51-100 they get 23mg. *Twice as much....

    So my dog is now about 52 lbs. *I personally think that all b/c he is 2 lbs above the 50ls, that he does NOT need twice as much or as much as a 100 lb dog - do you? *

    I decided to use a pill cutter and cut one of the pills in quarters. *I gave him one pill for the 26-50 range (11.5mg) and then a quarter of one of those pills (another 2.8mg). *Total about 14-14.5 mg for 52 lbs dog.

    What do you think? *Is this okay?

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    DefaultRe: Heartworm Medication dosage

    Call your vet and ask them what the dosage should be.



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    DefaultRe: Heartworm Medication dosage

    do not cut pills. okay to give one 26-50 pill.

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    DefaultRe: Heartworm Medication dosage

    Quote Originally Posted by AngusFangus
    do not cut pills. okay to give one 26-50 pill.

    sorry Im having keyboard problems.* :
    I would have to agree. I know that you should not cut Heartguard chewables because the medication isn't evenly dispersed. I would be concerned about the same thing w/ Interceptor, even though it's in pill form.

    I have the same concerns as you because I too have a "lightweight". On the other hand, heartworm prevention isn't anything that I would take into my own hands, either. I think the best course of action would be to discuss this with your vet.

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    DefaultRe: Heartworm Medication dosage

    Angus - what is your reason? Could it be dangerous?

    I know if the dog is over 100lbs, say, 105 - you would give one 50-100 tab and one of the smallest tabs they make. If your dog was 130, you would give one 50-100 tab and one 26-50 tab. Hence making your own dosage.

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    DefaultRe: Heartworm Medication dosage

    If you have concerns I'd discuss this with my vet. But they have the doses figured out pretty well for the various weight classes and I would use as directed. Taking a chance with heartworm infection is not worth it as the treatment is much more dangerous than any risk with the monthly pill.

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    DefaultRe: Heartworm Medication dosage

    because the medication isn't evenly dispersed.

    I know if the dog is over 100lbs, say, 105 - you would give one 50-100 tab and one of the smallest tabs they make. If your dog was 130, you would give one 50-100 tab and one 26-50 tab.
    yes we had to do with crash

    okay this time discuss this with your vet


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    DefaultRe: Heartworm Medication dosage

    Last month Nutmeg ended up getting both her and Fudge's heartworm pill. I had put both of their pills in their morning feed. Fudge picked his out and dropped it on the floor where Nutmeg grab it up. I called the vet right away and they told me that it would not hurt her. She could even have up to 6 pills before she would maybe get sick to her stomach. I think it would be best to give your dog the whole amount for their weight.

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    DefaultRe: Heartworm Medication dosage

    I gave him 1.25 today, which I think will be fine. Even if his 1/4 had nothing in it. But to be safe, I will give him the other 3/4 tomorrow morning.

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    DefaultRe: Heartworm Medication dosage

    I think 52 lbs is so close to 50 lbs it would be fine. thats what vet told me. I had same ???

    they told me that it would not hurt her.
    yes



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