Milbemax for dogs
Among the variety of anthelmintic agents for dogs, Milbemax stands in a special place. The drug has a quick effect, a small number of contraindications, the possibility of use not only for adult pets, but also for puppies. By strictly following the instructions of Milbemax for dogs, it is guaranteed to relieve the pet of many types of parasites.
Milbemax for dogs is available in tablet dosage form, two tablets in a blister. Active compounds are: milbemycin (in the form of an oxime) and praziquantel. The manufacturer took care of both puppies and adult animals:
for small dogs and young animals, the content of active ingredients in the tablet is 25 mg of praziquantel and 2.5 mg of milbemycin;
large animals of an older age should choose a drug containing 125 mg of praziquantel and 12.5 mg of milbemycin.
It will not be possible to confuse the tablets, since they have the corresponding marking and differ in shape: in the first case they are oval with the inscription AA, in the second – round with the engraving CCA. Among the additional ingredients of the composition can be noted: lactose, cellulose, silicon, magnesium stearate and others.
How does Milbemax work
The worm medicine for dogs Milbemax not only leads to the death of parasites, but also enhances the activity of the enzyme systems of the animal, which helps to obtain an anthelmintic effect in a short time. Entering the body of a pet, milbemycin increases the polarity of the cell walls of the parasite in the nervous and muscle tissues, enhances the penetration of chlorine through them. This leads to paralysis and subsequent death of the helminth.
Praziquantel also violates the polarity in the cell membranes, increasing their permeability to calcium. As a result, the muscles of the worms contract, the outer layer of cells covering the body of the worm is destroyed.
Milbemax belongs to hazard class 3 (moderate); if the dosage is observed, the drug does not pose a threat to the health of the animal.
Indications for the drug
Milbemax for dogs is indicated as a therapeutic and prophylactic agent for helminthiases caused by nematodes and / or cestodes. A wide spectrum of action makes it possible to prescribe a medicine when detecting parasites such as echinococcus, dirofilaria, toxacar, hookworm and others. At the same time, the active substances are detrimental to both adult worms and larvae.
How to give: dosage
According to the instructions for use, Milbemax should be given to the dog once with meals. A crushed tablet can be mixed with food or poured into the mouth of a pet (you can mix the powder with water and pour it with a syringe). The dosage of the drug is calculated according to the table.
In the treatment of angiostrongyloidosis, the medicine should be given to the pet 4 times: one every seven days (dose of the drug according to the table).
If cases of dirofilariasis are registered in the region, the drug is given for prophylactic purposes: once a month, starting from the moment of the appearance of blood-sucking flying insects and ending with the month after their disappearance, that is, in spring, summer and autumn. Before giving Milbemax for prevention, you should do a dog blood test and make sure that there is no infection.
Could there be side effects?
Among the side effects of Milbemax for dogs are:
uncertain gait, muscle weakness;
Such symptoms, in most cases, indicate an overdose of the drug. At the same time, special measures are not required – the symptoms go away within a day without drug treatment.
In which cases do not appoint Milbemax
Milbemax treatment is contraindicated in dogs with impaired renal and hepatic function. In addition, if the pet has intolerance to any components of the drug, it is also impossible to give it.
Attention: deworming is not carried out for animals weakened after illness, with exhaustion or the presence of an infectious disease in the acute stage.
If the dog expects offspring or feeds the newborn, the use of the drug is permissible in agreement with the veterinarian. In addition, it is not recommended that small dogs be given tablets for adult animals, since the distribution of active ingredients in the tablet may be uneven. Puppies, whose body weight is less than 500 g, do not give medicine.