Milbemax is the brand name for milbemycin oxime formulated in combination with praziquantel. Another brand name for it without the praziquantel is Interceptor ®. Milbemycin oxime is a drug created to control many of the most prevalent parasitic diseases found in both cats and dogs. Both brand names are prescription drugs and can only be obtained from a veterinarian or by prescription from a veterinarian. This drug has been found and registered suitable for use by animals only.
The parasitic diseases milbemycin controls are unfortunately a common occurrence for both dogs and cats alike. They appear in the forms of both internal and external parasites, and often are attributed to various diseases. The external parasites are mites, fleas and ticks while the internal parasites are heartworms, intestinal worms and lung worms.
Milbemycin oxime, in either the Milbemax ® or Interceptor ® brand, is very effective when used to prevent or control said parasites when dealing with the most common of the diseases contracted by cats and dogs. A common use for the drug is to control the disease created by hookworms and roundworms in both dogs and cats as well as control whipworms in certain dogs. Another great way to use this medicine would be to prevent heartworms that could occur in these particular animals.
It’s the job of Milbemycin to act a disrupting agent during nerve transmission inside the parasite which ultimately leads to the parasite’s death.
Apparently there has been some questions regarding the safety of this drug when being used on certain breeds of dogs. Collies have been particularly singled out. The truth is that both brands have been determined to be safe for all collie breeds and collie mixed breeds, although the margin of safety is considered less when compared to other breeds of dog.
The following are some common uses for Milbemycin:
- Used to control roundworm, hookworm, and certain whipworm infections in cats and dogs.
- Highly effective when used to prevent canine heartworm disease and feline heartworm disease.
- It’s used in an extra-label manner control and treat demodectic mange infections.
- Milbemycin is an extremely powerful microfilariacidal drug, which simply stated means it’s used to destroy the heartworm’s microscopic offspring.
- Vets use Milbemycin to eradicate microfilaria, since no other drugs are FDA approved for this task.
Now we have a list of some side effects and precautions:
- Milbemycin can bring about side effects in animals on occasion, although it is considered very safe and helpful when obtained through a veterinarian.
- Do not use Milbemycin for an animal that has a previous history of allergy or hypersensitivity to the drug.
- The right thing to do is to test an animal for heartworm infection prior to starting prevention with Milbemycin.
- Do not use Milbemycin in puppies below 4 weeks old and kittens less than 6 weeks old.
- Do not use if a dog weighs under two pounds and a cat weighs under 1.5 pounds.
- Not many unfavorable affects have been reported.
- There have been the occasional unconfirmed reports of nervous system effects and seizures after Milbemycin treatment.