The Edmond Sun


October 29, 2012

Injectable six-month heartworm preventative a good deal

EDMOND — Q:  I was visiting with my neighbor about our respective dogs.  She mentioned a shot that can be given for preventing heartworm disease that lasts for six months.  Is this effective and is it safe to use?  It would be so much easier than having to remember to give a pill every month.  Can you discuss the pros and cons?

A: ProHeart 6 is indeed an injectable parasiticide that is given to dogs for the primary purpose of preventing heartworm disease.  It is given every six months and can be used in dogs six months of age and older.

In addition to preventing heartworms for six months, it effectively treats two species of the intestinal parasite most commonly seen in our pet dogs, hookworms.

It has been used safely with other products commonly used to treat our canine friends such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS, other antiparasitcides such as those used to treat fleas.  It also has been used concurrently with antibiotics, steroids, analgesics and various anesthetics.

ProHeart 6 has been shown to be effective for the full six months as labeled.  When measured in the canine body, it does not accumulate over time with repetitive use.

Heartworm disease is definitely on the rise in this country.  It is so very important to use a preventative year-round, especially here in Oklahoma.  The extra protection it offers in preventing hookworms is an important bonus.  

Hookworms and heartworms also can affect our feline friends as well as us.  Having a heartworm positive dog in the backyard or house provides a reservoir for mosquitoes to feed on and share the disease around.

Your veterinarian has to receive special training from the manufacturing company in the form of a webinar to purchase and use this product.  He/she will be an excellent source of information about the use of ProHeart 6 in your pet.  You should discuss the pros and cons and then make the best decision for you and your pet.

As with all drugs there can be some side effects in certain pets.  Allergic reactions can happen with any substance given that is foreign to the body.  Other possible side effects are listed and should be discussed with your veterinarian prior to its use.

Giving the injection at a time you can watch your pet for the first 24 hours, especially the first time it is given, is wise.  You are certainly correct in saying it will be more convenient than having to remember a monthly pill.

Discuss it with your veterinarian and make an educated decision for your pet.  It is indeed a very effective and long-lasting solution in the prevention of heartworm disease.

You also can visit the website at or call the company, Pfizer, at 1-800-366-5288 to get a product overview to take to your veterinary visit.


DR. M. MARGARET KING, a longtime Edmond veterinarian, is a guest columnist. If you have any questions for her, email them to

Text Only
  • New study counters pot legalization argument

    A new study raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with bad consequences, a researcher says.
    Researchers say the findings suggest recreational marijuana use may lead to previously unidentified brain changes and highlight the importance of research aimed at understanding the long-term effects of low to moderate marijuana use on the brain.

    April 15, 2014

  • Allergic asthma sufferers should take some precautions when exercising

    Spring has sprung, and in addition to welcoming the beauty and warmth of the season, many folks welcome — though maybe not with eager anticipation — seasonal allergies.
    And for some, allergies and asthma go hand in hand. More than 50 percent of the 20 million Americans with asthma have allergic asthma, according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. Over 2.5 million children under age 18 suffer from allergic asthma.

    April 15, 2014

  • brisket2.jpg Food Network show visits Guthrie for ’89er Days

    Guthrie’s annual ’89er Days Celebration provides a variety of activities for people to enjoy including a carnival, rodeo, parade and lots of food vendors.
    This year, visitors at the 84th annual event, which runs Tuesday through Saturday, will notice an added bonus when a film crew from the new television series “Carnival Eats” will be in town filming for its inaugural episode.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • OCSP-Family and Treasurer-04-15-2014.jpg Treasurer Miller awards ‘Tax Day Baby’ with college savings plan

    April 15 is commonly known as the day many will spend in line at the post office or finishing final preparations for tax returns. This year, one Oklahoma family spent April 15, tax day, welcoming their new son, born at 2:07 a.m. and was recognized as the first Tax Day Baby at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. 
    As the first Tax Day Baby, State Treasurer Ken Miller, R-Edmond, awarded, Quan Ta, with an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan worth $1,529. Miller, who serves as board chairman for the OCSP, reminds parents and grandparents that any contribution made to an OCSP account by April 15 qualified for a 2013 Oklahoma income tax deduction.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salads Spring is for salads, but make healthy choices of ingredients

    Whether you want to enjoy a salad at your favorite restaurant, breeze through a salad bar for a quick and nutritious lunch, or stock your fridge and pantry so you can make a bountiful salad at home, one thing is for sure: Now is the time to do it.
    While much of the U.S. is at least a few weeks away from harvesting local lettuce, our appetites — oh, really, our very souls — are ready to put the long cold winter behind us and put the stock pot in a dark closet.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Progressive women plan annual ‘Night in White’

    The Women’s Department for the Progressive Oklahoma Baptist State Convention will present its annual Night In White gospel play production at 6:30 p.m. April 26.
    The gospel play production will be at the Evangelistic Baptist Church of Christ, 3129 N. Martin Luther King Ave., and will include gospel singing from the Night In White Mass Choir intermingled within the play titled “The Blessings of Motherhood.”

    April 14, 2014

  • New beagle triggering aggression in small pack

    The subject for today’s article is brought to us by Sarah from Santa Barbara, Calif. Sarah is the proud caretaker of a 2-year-old female beagle that has had a litter of puppies, one female of which Sarah decided to keep. The puppy is now about 8 months old and lately it appears as if the two dogs do not enjoy each other’s company.
    In fact, the mother dog will quite viciously attack the 8-month-old and sometimes inflict physical harm. Sarah is naturally quite upset about this problem as anyone might expect and would like some help.

    April 14, 2014

  • E-Cigarettes target youth with festivals, lawmakers say

    The findings, in a survey released Monday by members of Congress, should prod U.S. regulators to curb the industry, the lawmakers said. While e-cigarettes currently are unregulated, the Food and Drug Administration is working on a plan that would extend its tobacco oversight to the products.

    April 14, 2014

  • Drama troupe plans Good Friday performance

    Spirit Act Drama Troupe of First United Methodist Church, Edmond will present the passion play, “Christus” by Alison Spitz on Good Friday.

    April 14, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 4.49.09 PM.png Train, entertain your pets with these 3 smartphone apps

    While they may not have thumbs to use the phone, pets can benefit from smartphone apps designed specifically for them.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo