Elanco Animal Health has released a chicken-flavored canine heartworm drug, Interceptor Plus, that fights tapeworms in addition to hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.
The monthly oral medication has a different formulation than Interceptor Flavor Tabs, which the Greenfield, Ind., drug maker launched in early 2015 for both dogs and cats. Both products contain the active ingredient milbemycin oxime, but Interceptor Plus adds praziquantel, a tapeworm treatment.
The chicken flavor of Interceptor Plus is a bonus for dogs suffering from beef allergies, Elanco stated. Interceptor Flavor Tabs are beef flavored.
Marketed for sale through veterinarians, Interceptor Plus is indicated to prevent heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis. The drug protects against adult hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum), adult roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), adult whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) and adult tapeworms (Taenia pisiformis, Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus granulosus).
The medication comes in six-count boxes in four weight categories: 2 to 8 pounds, 8.1 to 25 pounds, 25.1 to 50 pounds and 50.1 to 100 pounds.
Dogs should be tested for heartworm disease before Interceptor Plus is prescribed, Elanco noted. Users must be at least 6 weeks old and 2 pounds.