Working out which heartworm medicine to give your dog really does open a whole can of worms. There are so many to choose from. So how do you decide which heartworm medication is right for you and your dog.

Here are a few pointers to help narrow down your search regarding which heartworm meds to pick for your pets.

  1. Do you prefer oral tablets or topical spot on treatments? Preventative medicine is available in both form. If you aren't a fan of topicals or your pet has sensitive skin, and they don't like tablets either try the newer 'chewable' tablets such as Heartgard Plus.
  2. Are you only concerned about heartworm or would you like to incorporate the control of other parasites too? There are several heartworm medicines which also control intestinal worms such as roundworm and hookworm. A few others control heartworm larvae and fleas too. Advantage Multi does the lot, protecting against heartworm, intestinal worms and fleas.
  3. Is price very important? If so opt for generic heartworm medicines which offer the same disease protection but at a reduced price.
  4. Are you worried about forgetting to use your dogs heartworm meds? If so speak to your vet about the heartworm injection. This will be given once or twice a year and you need not worry about forgetting as the vet will send you a reminder.
One important thing to remember is that whichever brand you choose, it will offer the same level of heartworm protection as any other. All products labelled as preventative heartworm medication do the job of eliminating larval worms. The choice is more about convenience, money and personal preference.