Ivermectin for DOGS for Heartworms?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Bedste, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    I have heard of giving Ivermectin to my 100 lb dog but I am not sure how much or how often. I have seen the horse wormer for only $5 at the feed store. Does anyone know if you can use it to treat heart worms or is it only a prevenative?
  2. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Used in a low dose, it is a heartworm preventative (it kills very immature heartworm larvae). It does not kill adult heartworms. It is the active ingredient in heartguard/iverhart for dogs. If you do the math wrong, you can make your dog seriously ill- or kill it. You need to be very confident in your calculations if you want to use the horse or cattle ivermectin for a dog. It is way cheaper to use the livestock ivermectin, than the nicely formulated and packaged dog stuff- but the generic heartguard (iverhart) is only about 5$ month- not too bad considering. If your dog actually has heartworm (adults), you need a vet's help to treat this- nothing over the counter is available.
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    My pugs I give 1/10th of a CC of 1% injectible Ivermectin for every 10 pounds of weight every month. I use an insulin needle an inject it in to there food.
    Not to be given to collies or part collies.

    It kills the babys that are under a month old. It does not kill the adults. It has been used in dogs that were to weak for regular treatment so they would not get worse an in theory if used monthly the adults would all die over time an no babys would replace them.

    Its also great for mange.

    Heres a good site to read on it.
  4. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2010
    Berry Creek, Ca
    If ivermectin is given to a dog that HAS adult heartworms is will likely be fatal by causing anafalactic shock to your pooch. They are supposed to be kept inactive for about a month as its hard for the bloodstream break down the adutl worms.(treatment is usually always done by vets) If your dog has not had a heartworm test in the last 6 months then dont give it until it is tested. The heartworm larve takes 6 months to reach the adult stage. Ivermectin will kill the larve though(under 6 months of age) without harming your petand as stated before collies, as well as shelties and sheepdogs i think should not be given it. The county I live in has one of the highest ammt of positive heartworm cases in Ca.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2010
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I give it down the throat. 1/10 cc per 10lbs of dogs if using the liquid injectable. Not for collies or most herding breeds.
  6. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Why don't ya'll use the heart guard stuff that is made specificly for dogs as a preventative?

    One pill once a month, safe, sure, easy and not that expensive.
  7. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    ^^ Well many of us already have ivermectin laying around.
  8. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Quote:Ivermectin is the same thing as heart-guard so the safety is the same if used in the same dose as them. But I can do hundreds of dogs for months an months with a $22 bottle of 1% Ivermectin or pay $40 a month for 6 dogs on heart-guard...

    Then I can take the same bottle an treat mange, ear mites an worms. Thats why people bump the dose up to 1/10th of a cc. that treats much more but many hurding dogs have a reaction to it at that high of a dose. So I'm not paying way more for a med that is weakened for sensitive dogs when my dogs are not. No point in paying for a name anyway.
  9. tls_ranch

    tls_ranch Stares at Chickens

    Instead of squirting the ivermectin liquid in the dog's mouth could you inject it into a dog treat like a small chunck of meat?
  10. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    Ivermectin is extremely bitter (trust me I know [​IMG])
    The dog would more than likely spit it out unless he just gulps it down.

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