Common brand names
- Proheart 6/12 Injectable for Dogs
- Advocate/Advantage Multi Spot-On for Cats and Dogs (with Imidacloprid)
- Bravecto Plus Spot-On for Cats (with Fluralaner)
Uses of Moxidectin
Moxidectin is an antiparasitic medication used in veterinary medicine to treat various parasitic infections in animals, including dogs, cats, and horses. For example, it is often used to treat heartworm, roundworm, and other parasitic infections in dogs and cats and to control internal and external parasites in horses. Moxidectin is typically administered orally or topically. It is generally considered safe and effective when used as directed, but as with any medication, it should only be used under the guidance and supervision of a veterinarian.
Method of application
It is only for use for dogs as a Subcutaneous application.
It comes with combined ingredient products as an external application, as a spot-on or topical solution.
Dosage and administration
The dosage and administration of moxidectin will vary depending on the specific product used, the type of parasitic infection being treated, and the animal's weight. Therefore, it's important to follow the specific instructions provided by the veterinarian or the product label when administering moxidectin to your pet.
For example, for heartworm prevention in dogs, the recommended dosage is typically 0.5-2.5mg/kg orally once a month. For the treatment of mange in dogs, the recommended dosage is typically 0.5-1mg/kg topically every 1-2 weeks. For the treatment of roundworms and other internal parasites in cats, the recommended dosage is typically 0.5-1mg/kg orally once a month.
It is important to note that the dosage may vary depending on the animal's specific condition and individual response to the treatment. The veterinarian will be the best person to advise on the appropriate dosage and administration of moxidectin for your pet.
Also, it's always important to consult with a veterinarian before using any medication on your pet, as the wrong dosage or administration method could harm your pet's health.
Possible side effects
Moxidectin is generally considered safe and effective when used as directed, but like any medication, it can cause side effects in some animals. The most common side effects of moxidectin are mild and temporary and may include the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Itching or redness of the skin
More severe side effects, such as seizures or allergic reactions, can occur in rare cases. If your pet experiences any of the following symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately:
- Seizures or tremors
- Difficulty breathing
- Hives or swelling of the face or paws
- Collapse or unconsciousness
It's important to monitor your pet closely for any signs of side effects after administering moxidectin and to contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns. Also, if you notice any unusual behavior or symptoms that are not on the list, please get in touch with your veterinarian immediately.
Several precautions should be taken when administering moxidectin to your pet. These include:
- Please consult your veterinarian: Before administering moxidectin to your pet, it is important to consult with a veterinarian to ensure that the medication is appropriate for your pet's specific condition and to determine the correct dosage and administration method.
- Use only as directed: It is important to use moxidectin only as directed by your veterinarian or the product label. Overdosing your pet can be dangerous and can cause serious side effects.
- Keep out of reach of children and pets: Moxidectin should be stored in a safe place, out of reach of children and other pets, to prevent accidental ingestion or overdose.
- Monitor your pet: After administering moxidectin, it is important to monitor your pet for any signs of side effects and to contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns.
- Use with care in animals with pre-existing medical conditions: Moxidectin should be used with caution in animals with pre-existing medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease, as the medication may be metabolized more slowly in these animals, increasing the risk of side effects.
- Use with care in collie breeds and related breeds: Moxidectin should be used with caution in herding breeds such as Collies, Australian Cattle dogs, Australian Shepherds, and related breeds, as they may be at higher risk of developing adverse reactions.
It's always important to follow the instruction and precautions provided by the veterinarian or the product label when administering moxidectin to your pet.
Signs of toxicity
Moxidectin is generally considered safe when used as directed. Still, like any medication, it can cause toxicity if an animal is given an overdose or has a sensitivity or an allergic reaction to the medication. Signs of toxicity from moxidectin can vary depending on the severity of the overdose and the individual animal. Some common signs of toxicity include:
- Loss of appetite
- Ataxia (incoordination)
- Tremors or seizures
If your pet shows any toxicity after being administered moxidectin, it is important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible. In severe cases, moxidectin toxicity can be fatal. Therefore, if you suspect your pet has been given an overdose of moxidectin or if your pet is showing signs of toxicity, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
It is important to be aware that the signs of toxicity may not appear immediately; if you notice any unusual behavior or symptoms that are not on the list, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
The information provided on this page is for normal reference only and is not intended to replace veterinary advice or packaging label. You should consult your vet first. Here may have included only some of the uses, side effects, brand names, or applications.