Is the 12 month heartworm shot safe?

Answered by Jason Smith

The 12 month heartworm shot, also known as ProHeart 12, is a widely used and effective method for preventing heartworm disease in dogs. It works by releasing small doses of moxidectin, a medication that kills heartworm larvae, into your dog’s bloodstream over a period of 12 months.

First and foremost, it is important to note that ProHeart 12 has been extensively tested and is proven to be safe for dogs when administered correctly. It has gone through rigorous clinical trials and has been approved by regulatory authorities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This should provide pet owners with reassurance that the product has met the necessary safety standards.

However, like any medication, ProHeart 12 does come with potential side effects. It is crucial to be aware of these side effects and consult with your veterinarian before deciding to use this product for your dog.

Some studies have reported side effects associated with ProHeart 12, although these are generally rare. The most commonly reported side effects include vomiting, dizziness, dehydration, and exhaustion. These side effects are typically mild and transient, resolving on their own without any long-term effects. However, in rare cases, more severe reactions may occur, such as allergic reactions or injection site reactions.

It is worth noting that different dogs may react differently to medications, and what may be well-tolerated by one dog may not be the case for another. It is essential to monitor your dog closely after receiving the ProHeart 12 injection and report any unusual symptoms to your veterinarian.

In my personal experience, I have had several dogs that have been on ProHeart 12 without experiencing any adverse effects. They have remained heartworm-free and have had no issues with the medication. However, every dog is unique, and it is crucial to consult with your veterinarian to determine if ProHeart 12 is the right choice for your dog.

The 12 month heartworm shot, ProHeart 12, is generally considered safe and effective for preventing heartworm disease in dogs. While it may have potential side effects, these are typically mild and rare. As with any medication, it is essential to consult with your veterinarian to ensure it is suitable for your dog and to monitor for any adverse reactions. Your veterinarian is the best resource to provide personalized advice and guidance regarding the safety and efficacy of ProHeart 12 for your specific dog.