Blog Post
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.

Posted Feb 11, 2017 at 4:44pm



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