Interceptor Pet Medication
- Dog or Cat
- Availability: Prescription
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Interceptor used for?
Interceptor is used in the prevention of heartworm disease and in the control of hookworm, roundworm and whipworm.
- How Interceptor should be used?
Interceptor is FDA approved for use in dogs and cats. The usual dose of Interceptor for dogs 2-10 pounds is 2.3mg, 11-25 pounds is 5.75mg, 26-50 pounds is 11.5mg and 51-100 pounds is 23mg given once a month year round. The usual dose of Interceptor in cats 1.5-6 pounds is 5.75mg, 6.1-12 pounds is 11.5mg, and 12.1-25 pounds is 23mg given once a month year round. An alternate treatment is to give this medication once a month during the mosquito season and also one month after the season ends. Consult your veterinarian for the dose of Interceptor when used to treat other parasites.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects of Interceptor are rare although some animals may exhibit depression, drowsiness, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, hypersalivation, seizures and weakness.
- What special precautions are there?
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it. The pet should be tested for heartworm disease before starting this medication. If the pet has been off heartworm preventative for 6 months or more, retest in 6 months since microfilaria, that take 6 months to mature, will cause a positive test result. Because humans can contract hookworm and roundworm from animals it is important to maintain good personal hygiene. It is also important to eliminate fleas on the pet and in the household and to not feed the pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish. To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.
- How should I store Interceptor?
Keep this medication in the original box. Do not remove the tablet from the foil wrap until ready to give the medication. Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should NOT be considered veterinary advice. Any veterinary questions should be referred to your veterinarian. This information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. Please make your own inquiries with your veterinarian for the suitability of a product for your pet.