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Dear Daisy Dog

I give my dog an Interceptor chewable tablet each month throughout the year to prevent heartworms and several common intestinal worms.

I used to give it on the first day of every month, but I forgot a few times, so now I must remember to give it on the fifth day of each month. Is it really necessary to give the tablet on the same day each month?

Daisy Responds

No, but it should be close. So, if it’s easier to remember, you may resume giving it on the first day of every month, which is, coincidentally, when Mom gives it to us.

Interceptor remains in the body only one day, killing immature heartworm larvae before they develop into adults.

In addition, Interceptor controls roundworms, hookworms and whipworms, intestinal parasites that can cause diarrhea, vomiting, anemia and scruffy hair coat -– and even infect humans.

Heartgard Plus is similar to Interceptor, except that it doesn’t kill whipworms.

However, it too stays in the body only one day, so people who treat their dogs with Heartgard Plus -– and give the dose a few days late one month -– can go back to the usual administration day the next month.

To help you remember to give the tablets on a regular schedule, place the stickers provided with them on your calendar.

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