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April is Heartworm Awareness Month!


Cavalier Care

Did you know Heartworms can cause lasting damage to the heart and impact a dog’s quality of life? In fact, heartworms can be deadly and more than one million dogs currently have heartworm disease. Luckily, we don’t see too many heartworm positive pups in Rescue, the treatment is rigorous and difficult. That’s why we remind you for great Cavalier care that regular check-ups and heartworm preventive care are essential. The more you know... xoxo

It’s our objective to assist in educating you so your CavalierKing Charles Spaniel and all pets can live their longest and healthiest life possible.

The following information is shared with you so that you can research the effects of several popular preventatives on the market today, widely recommended by veterinary professionals. If you use or have used any of these products, we urge you to review the information contained within these links.

We, at Cavalier Rescue of Florida, we are not veterinarians, but our goal is to arm you with information so that you can be an advocate for your dog’s well-being and health. Before we adopt, we treat all our Blenheim, Black and Tan, Ruby and Tri-color Cavies with preventive measures and/or lifesaving treatments when needed. Our dedicated volunteers and fosters donate their time and are committed to their best practices to assure these pups a puppily-ever after!

Heartworm and Intestinal Parasite Prevention

We recommend that an adult be at home with your dog for (at least) the first 6 hours after administering preventatives in the event of a reaction, especially if a preventative is given for the first time.

Heartworm Prevention

  • Interceptor (box color corresponds to weight range of dog; i.e. Green Flavor Tabs – 11 to 25 lbs.)

  • Heartgard (box color corresponds to weight range of dog; i.e. Blue – Up to 25 lbs.)

  • Heartgard Plus (box color corresponds to weight range of dog; i.e. Blue – Up to 25 lbs.)

  • Tri-Heart Plus (1-800-PetMeds generic to Heartgard)

Combo Heartworm + Flea Prevention

  • Sentinel Green Flavor Tabs – 11 – 25 pounds (also prevents development of flea eggs) *

Love, the Cavies! XO

* Sentinel should NOT be used in combination with other flea/tick products like Comfortis, Frontline, or Advantage. It is an all-in-one heart worm and flea product, so you do NOT use HeartGard, Interceptor, or generic heart worm products with Sentinel.


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