Generic heartworm medication is now
readily available to buy online. Choosing generic medicines is a great
way to save a little money whilst still keeping our pets safe. In
fact, the most surprising thing about generic heartworm medicines is
that not more people buy them.
Sadly, at the time of writing generic
heartworm pills and spot on treatments are not available for cats.
Presumably this is because less cat owners are yet concerned with the
risk of heartworm disease affecting their feline friends. Dog owners,
however, are offered a huge range of non-branded preventative heartworm
People can be a little sceptical about
choosing generics over branded products. But, this is one area where
price definitely does not guarantee better results.
All heartworm medications use one of
four licensed active ingredients to destroy larval heartworms. Either
ivermectin or milbemyclin oxine are used in all heartworm pills and
chewable forms of heartworm meds. Spot on or topical heartworm
treatments use either selamectin or moxidectin.
Whether you choose a famous name brand
such as Heartgard or a generic such as Valueheart heartworm medicine
you will still be paying for one of the four active ingredients
mentioned above. If you look at a packet of generic medication you
will see that the volume of the active ingredient is the same as that
used in the branded version.
The active ingredients which destroy
larval heartworms are heavily regulated medicines. The quality and
safety of those used in generics is governed by the same regulations as
that used in branded medicines.
Therefore it is clear that generic
heartworm medications offer exactly the same level of heartworm
prevention as the big brands. One thing which deters pet owners from
choosing generic heartworm medicine
is that their vet often does not stock it. This isn't because they are
in any way inferior. It is simply that the larger brands produce a
wide range of pet medications which they market directly to veterinary
offices. As your vet will not be selling any particular medication in
any where near the volume of an online pet pharmacy, they are unable to
stock a huge range of products.
But, once you understand that the
ingredients in generic heartworm medications are the same as the
branded version it really doesn't matter that your vet cannot supply
them. More importantly, your vet can still advise you as to which type
of heartworm medicine is most suitable for you and your pet. Armed
with this advice, you can then look for a generic alternative online to
make your purchases more cost effective.
By far the most widely used heartworm medications are ivermectin based heartworm pills
such as Heartgard. Similarly, this is the product with the widest
choice of generics available too. Now they are growing in popularity
some of the generic versions have become widely known brands in their
own right; Nuheart and Valueheart for instance. Opting to give your
dog generic heartworm medications can mean savings of up to 50%. With
heartworm meds being used more widely, and ideally year round these
savings will really add up over the healthy lifetime of your pooch.