How does Heartgard Plus compare to the generic Iverhart Plus?

Help choosing a heartworm preventative

It is a high priority for most pet guardians to make sure their dog is protected from heartworm disease and other nasty parasites. However, during these difficult economic times, it is also important to be budget-conscious. Heartgard Plus, one of the most popular heartworm preventatives on the market, has a generic equivalent called Iverhart Plus. Since there is a significant cost savings to selecting Iverhart Plus instead of Heartgard Plus, you might wonder if the protection is the same.  Here is a comparison of the two products:

Heartgard Plus vs. Iverhart Plus: Similarities

  • Same active ingredients. The active ingredients in both Heartgard Plus and Iverhart Plus are Ivermectin and Pyrantel, and they are in the exact same strengths in both products.
  • Provides the same protection. Both the brand name and the generic equivalent protect your dog against heartworms, and treat and control roundworms and hookworms.
  • Both products are classified as prescription medications.
  • Same dosing schedule. Whether you choose Heartgard Plus or Iverhart Plus, give one chewable tablet once per month.
  • Same weight breakdowns. Both products are available in doses for dogs 1-25 pounds, 26-50 pounds, and 51-100 pounds.
  • Same guarantee! The brand name and generic equivalent carry the same unconditional product guarantee, and are also backed by the PetMeds heartworm guarantee.

Differences between Heartgard Plus and Iverhart Plus

  • Form: Heartgard Plus is a moist, soft chew, whereas Iverhart Plus is a crunchy chewable tablet.
  • Flavor: Heartgard Plus is beef-flavored and Iverhart Plus has a pork-liver flavor.
  • Customer Ratings: Heartgard Plus received an overall rating of 4.8, while Iverhart Plus was rated 4.4 out of 5.
  • How to Use: One of the most important differences is in how you administer these two different products. Heartgard Plus should not be swallowed whole; you can either feed it as a treat for your dog to chew, or crumble and mix with food.  Iverhart Plus may be fed to your dog as a treat, crumbled and mixed with food, or placed in the back of your dog’s mouth for forced swallowing.
  • Price: The generic heartworm preventative, Iverhart Plus, costs significantly less than Heartgard Plus. While the cost will vary depending upon the weight of the dog and the number of doses you purchase, you can save approximately 20-30% by selecting the generic alternative.

Sometimes it comes down to a matter of your pet’s preference, and your veterinarian’s recommendation. It won’t help to save money purchasing a generic if your dog won’t take it. Whichever product works best for your dog and your budget, you can rest assured that your dog will receive the same protection with either Heartgard Plus or Iverhart Plus.

What has been your experience with generic pet medications?

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