Milbemax

Milbemax is a prescription medication for dogs and cats that prevents and treats various internal parasite infections. It contains two active ingredients, milbemycin oxime and praziquantel, which work together to target and eliminate different types of parasites, such as heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and lungworms. Milbemax is available in tablet form and is administered orally.

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What Conditions Does Milbemax treat?

Milbemax is a prescription medication primarily used to prevent and treat internal parasite infections in dogs and cats. It is effective against a variety of parasites, including:

  • → Heartworms: Milbemax helps prevent heartworm disease caused by Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) in dogs and cats.
  • → Intestinal worms: It treats and controls roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms in dogs. In cats, it treats and controls roundworms and hookworms.
  • → Lungworms: Milbemax is also effective against lungworms (Angiostrongylus vasorum) in dogs.
  • → Tapeworms: It treats certain types of tapeworms (Echinococcus spp., Taenia spp., Dipylidium caninum) in dogs and cats.
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How Does Milbemax work?

Milbemax contains two active ingredients: milbemycin oxime and praziquantel

Milbemycin oxime is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic that interferes with parasites' nervous system, leading to paralysis and subsequent death. It primarily targets roundworms, hookworms, and heartworm larvae.

Praziquantel, on the other hand, is an anthelmintic that specifically targets tapeworms. It works by disrupting the integrity of the tapeworm's skin, causing muscle spasms and detachment from the intestinal wall.

The combination of milbemycin oxime and praziquantel in Milbemax provides comprehensive coverage against multiple internal parasites in dogs and cats.

How is Milbemax Administered?

Milbemax is available in tablets for dogs and tablets for cats, for oral administration. The tablets are typically administered directly to the dog or cat or can be crushed and mixed with food if necessary.

The dosage and administration instructions will depend on your pet's weight and the specific parasites being treated or prevented. It's important to follow the dosing instructions provided by your veterinarian to ensure proper administration and effectiveness.

How Long Does Milbemax Take to Work?

Milbemax begins to work shortly after administration. The exact onset of action may vary depending on the target parasites and your pet's individual response. It is important to note that Milbemax is not an immediate dewormer and does not kill parasites instantly. It generally takes a few hours to start affecting the parasites, and complete elimination may take a few days.

For heartworm prevention, it is essential to administer Milbemax regularly and as recommended by your veterinarian to ensure continuous protection.

Can Milbemax be Used With Other Medications?

Milbemax is generally safe to use with other medications. However, we recommend informing your veterinarian about other medicines your pet is taking, including over-the-counter products and supplements. They can evaluate potential interactions and provide guidance on concurrent use with other medicines.

What Should I Do if my Pet Experiences Side Effects from Milbemax?

Milbemax is generally well-tolerated when used as directed. Although rare, some pets may experience side effects such as; 

  • → Lethargy
  • → Diarrhoea 
  • → Vomiting
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If your pet experiences any unusual or severe side effects after administering Milbemax, it is recommended to contact your veterinarian promptly. 

Can I Get Milbemax Without a Vet Prescription in the UK?

No, Milbemax is a prescription-only medication and cannot be obtained without a prescription from a veterinarian. For your pet's safety, always be wary of any organisation offering to sell any prescription-only veterinary medicines without a prescription. 


Please note, while we have an onsite vet to oversee the sales of prescription medicines, we do not offer veterinary consultations or advice.