- 1). Have a veterinarian diagnose the exact type of parasite that has infected the dog. The dosage and form of Ivermectin prescribed will depend on the type of parasite to be treated.
- 2). Have your vet test for Ivermectin sensitivity. Some dogs, especially collies, Shetland sheepdogs, Australian shepherds and Old English sheepdogs, have a genetic predisposition to Ivermectin sensitivity, which can cause severe, even fatal side effects if a large enough dose is given to these dogs. The vet can determine if your dog has the sensitivity through a DNA test or through the administration of a low dose, followed by observation of possible side effects. These tests, however, may be skipped if Ivermectin is being prescribed for the treatment of heart-worm, as this requires an extremely low dosage that is usually tolerated even by sensitive dogs.
- 3). Administer Ivermectin to your dog exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian.
- 4). Watch for possible side effects associated with your dog's ingestion of Ivermectin. Look especially for dilated pupils and an unsteady gait, as these can be signs of a reaction that may progress to respiratory paralysis and death. Contact your veterinarian if side effects appear.
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