Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is Valuheart safe and effective?
A. Yes. Valuheart contains Ivermectin. Its safety and effectiveness has been proven for over two decades. When used as directed, Valuheart has a wide safety margin for all dogs including stud dogs, breeding bitches (including pregnant and lactating) and puppies over 6 weeks of age.
Q. Does Valuheart contain any animal products or bi-products?
A. No. Valuheart does not contain any substances of animal origin and is free from BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy).
Q. My dog only weighs 4.5kg (approx 10lbs). Can I cut the small dog tablet in half or do I need to give the full tablet?
A. You can safely cut the tablet in half if required. Valuheart has been formulated so that the active ingredient Ivermectin is evenly distributed throughout the tablet.
Q. My dog weighs 50kg (110lbs). How many Valuheart Tablets should I give?
A. Give 1 and a half Large Dog Tablets to ensure their entire weight range is covered.
Q. Is it safe to change from other heartworm prevention to Valuheart?
A. Yes. It is completely safe to switch from ANY form of heartworm prevention (daily, monthly, or yearly) to Valuheart. Give the first tablet of Valuheart within one month of when your dog is due for their next dose of their old preventative. As long as you continue to use Valuheart as directed, your dog will be safe from Heartworm disease.
Q. Should I have my dog heartworm tested regularly?
A. Although your dog may be on a heartworm preventative, it is advisable to have them tested periodically to maintain your pet’s health.
Q. How do I know if my dog has heartworm disease?
A. It is very difficult to tell if your dog has heartworm disease as infestations do not usually become obvious until the disease is well advanced. Symptoms include chronic coughing, weight loss, laboured breathing, weakness and exercise intolerance. This is why it is so important to regularly have your dog tested for heartworm.
Q. Does Valuheart treat all worms?
A. No, Valuheart only prevents heartworm disease in dogs by eliminating the parasite during the developmental stage in the muscle and fatty tissue. Valuheart does not treat the adult stage of heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis), nor does it treat intestinal worms.
Q. Does Valuheart contain any additional drugs aside from Ivermectin?
A. No. The only active ingredient Valuheart is Ivermectin. Valuheart is not a combination product and does not contain any additional chemicals that may constitute in over medicating your dog.
Q. What is the difference between Valuheart and a chewable heartworm prevention?
A. Chewable treatments are designed to give your dog a tasty snack while giving their heartworm prevention at the same time. However, some manufacturers of chewable formulas recommend that the dog must chew the treat thoroughly and not swallow it whole.
Any portion left over will mean that the whole dose has not been given and unchewed portions of some chewable treatments may not release the active ingredient at all, meaning an ineffective dose... but you won't even know it.
Using Valuheart is simple. Just give the dog the tablet, make sure they swallow it, and you’re done. Whether ingested broken or whole, the tablet will be absorbed in the stomach releasing the full dose of the active ingredient.
Q. Is Valuheart safe to use on a pregnant or lactating bitch?
Yes, Valuheart is safe to use on breeding bitches, including those that are pregnant or lactating.
Q. Where can I purchase Valuheart?
Valuheart is available through pet stores, produce stores and veterinarians. To locate a stockist near you, please visit the "Contact Us" page.