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This new parasite preventive enables veterinarians to offer clients a more affordable option to help protect their pets year-round.
Norbrook, Inc., which manufactures a host of generic veterinary products, has announced the release of Selarid (selamectin), its first topical parasiticide for dogs and cats. According to a company press release, Selarid offers a more affordable option to protect companion animals against heartworms, fleas, ticks and other pests.
“Many pet owners think their pets won’t get heartworms, fleas or other parasites if they don’t go outside very often, so they can skip the preventative treatment to save money. This is especially true for heartworm prevention in cat owners,” Norbrook Technical Services Veterinarian Scott Krick, DVM, said in the release. “In reality only one in four cats is an indoor-only cat and only 5% of cats are on year-round heartworm prevention. Juvenile and adult heartworms in cats are capable of causing severe lung damage, known as heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD) and sudden death.”
In dogs and cats, Selarid kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching for one month and is indicated for the prevention and control of flea infestations (Ctenocephalides felis), the prevention of heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis, and the treatment and control of ear mite (Otodectes cynotis) infestations, according to the product website.
In dogs, it also is indicated for the treatment and control of sarcoptic mange (Sarcoptes scabiei) and for the control of tick infestations due to Dermacentor variabilis. In cats, Selarid is also indicated for the treatment and control of roundworm (Toxocara cati) and intestinal hookworm (Ancylostoma tubaeforme) infections in cats.
Selarid can be used in dogs 6 weeks and older and in cats 8 weeks and older, and there is no weight minimum. There is one SKU for puppy/kitten, two SKUs for adult cats (small/medium and large cat) and four for dogs (very small, small, medium and large dog).
For more information, visit vetlabel.com/lib/vet/meds/selarid/.