Ivermectin in Heartgard for chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Quillgirl, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Quillgirl

    Quillgirl Songster

    Aug 2, 2009
    Metro Atlanta
    Heartgard for dogs prevention of heartworms has listed as it's active ingredient: ivermectin (as recommended on this site as a broad spectrum wormer for chickens.) Can one use the canine heartworm med on their chickens, or should one get a different formulation of ivermectin?
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2009
  2. trilyn

    trilyn Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    East Syracuse
    You need the pour on ivermecting that is used for cattle. The ivermectin for dogs is not intended for use on chicken. Please search for threehorses or even pm her-she's got great advice on wormers. [​IMG]
  3. carlota

    carlota Hatching

    Oct 31, 2011
    Ivermectin can be given orally to chickens. You can use the injectable Ivomec, 1% solution(labeled for cattle and swine) at .01 cc per chicken orally or injected subcutaneously.

    Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook states: "Most birds: inject 220 mcg/kg IM or orally"

    Heartgard also contains Pyrantel, which is effective against nematode parasites (roundworms, hookworms)

    Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook states: "4.5 mg/kg orally once, repeat in 14 days"

    In theory, you should be able to give chickens Heartgard. It would be expensive, but very convenient.

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