General Description: Imidacloprid + moxidectin is a topical insecticide and endectocide agent used in dogs and cats once a month to treat and control fleas, heartworms, hookworms and roundworms. It will also treat and control whipworms in dogs and ear mites in cats. Imidacloprid + moxidectin is applied between the shoulder blades every thirty days. Dogs should be older than 7 weeks of age and cats older than 8 weeks of age. It is important to note that the dog product should only be used on dogs while the cat product should only be used on cats. Imidacloprid + moxidectin is available in 4 sizes for dogs and 2 sizes for cats (based upon body weight).
What is this drug?
Imidacloprid + moxidectin contains a combination of insecticide and endectocide agents
Imidacloprid + moxidectin is applied topically once a month
Reasons for prescribing:
For the prevention of heartworm disease and the treatment and control of fleas infestations, hookworms and roundworms in dogs and cats
Used for the treatment and control of ear mites in cats
Used for the treatment and control of whipworms in dogs
Effective as a treatment for FAD (flea allergy dermatitis)
What dogs/cats should not take this medication?
NB. Dog product should only be used on dogs; Cat product should only be used on cats
Do not apply to irritated skin
Puppies less than 7 weeks of age or less than 3 pounds and cats less than 9 weeks of age or less than 2 pounds
Use with caution in Collies, Collie mixes, Australian shepherds and Australian shepherd mixes
Safety is unknown in breeding, pregnant or nursing animals
Use with caution in sick, debilitated or underweight pets
Heartworm positive patients
Pets known to have had an allergic reaction to imidacloprid and/or moxidectin or like products
Be sure to follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty applying the medication, contact your veterinarian.
Apply imidacloprid + moxidectin carefully to the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. For medium and larger dogs, squeeze contents evenly to three or four spots along the top of the back from the shoulder to the base of the tail. Use the entire contents of the tube that correctly corresponds with the body weight of your animal.
Do not allow pets to lick the product or ingest it in any way. If you have multiple pets, keep them separated for at least 30 minutes to prevent licking.
For heartworm prevention , repeat the application monthly all year long, or at a minimum, start one month before the first expected exposure to mosquitoes, continuing until one month after the last exposure to mosquitoes. Mark your calendar with the dates of subsequent treatments.
For flea treatment , administer monthly. Fleas already on the dog will be killed, but subsequent monthly treatments will prevent re-infestation of fleas hatching from the pet’s environment.
For treatment and control of internal worms , a single dose will be adequate.
For ear mite treatment in cats , a single dose will be adequate. Monthly use will control any future infestations.
After applying this product to your pet, wash your hands with soap and water. Small children should avoid handling the treated pet for at least 2 hours after application.
For external use only. Do NOT give by mouth. Keep the product away from your pet’s eyes and mouth.
Shampooing 90 minutes after treatment does not change its efficacy against heartworm disease. Shampooing or water immersion up to 4 days after treatment will not change the efficacy against flea infestations. However, shampooing as often as weekly may reduce the overall effectiveness against fleas. Additional applications of this product may be necessary. Discuss this with your veterinarian.
What if dose is missed?
If a dose is missed, apply it as soon as you can and resume the monthly dosing schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
What to tell/ask veterinarian before giving medication?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
Risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:
If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
All medicines and supplements including flea and tick products that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medicines can be given together.
If your pet is pregnant or nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
Storage and Warnings:
Store in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Causes eye irritation. Harmful if swallowed. Do not get in eyes or on clothing. Avoid contact with skin. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling.
People should not take this product. Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
Do not contaminate water or food by storage or disposal. Do not reuse empty container. Securely wrap original container in several layers of newspaper and discard in trash.
Potential side effects:
Hair may become damp, matted, oily, or stiff after application; skin may appear pink or have a slight powdery residue; medicinal odor. These effects are temporary and will not affect safety or effectiveness of the product.
Dogs: scratching, rubbing or licking at the application site; lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, excitement, facial swelling. Contact your veterinarian if you see any of these signs. If your dog ingests the product or licks the application site, serious adverse effects including depression, salivation, dilated pupils, incoordination, panting and tremors may occur.
Cats: lethargy and prolonged periods of sleep; agitation, excessive grooming, hiding, pacing; rubbing or scratching at the application site; increased salivation within an hour of treatment, increased drinking; coughing. If your cat licks the application site, you may see increased salivation, tremors, vomiting and loss of appetite.
Individual sensitivities may occur with any pesticide product. If they occur, consult your veterinarian immediately
Can this drug be given with other drugs?
There have been no drug interactions noted with this medication, but if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet is exposed to more than the prescribed amount.
To report a suspected Adverse Reaction, call 1-800-422-9874.
What else should I know?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, imidacloprid + moxidectin should only be applied to the dog/cat for which it was prescribed. It should be given only to treat fleas.
This is just a summary of information about imidacloprid + moxidectin. If you have any questions or concerns about imidacloprid + moxidectin or for the condition(s) it was prescribed, contact your veterinarian.