lmidacloprid plus moxidectin topical solution for the prevention of heartworm disease (Dirofiloria immitis) in dogs
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A topically applied formulation containing 10% imidacloprid+2.5% moxidectin (Advocate®/Advantage multi®) has been developed for monthly application to dogs for the prevention of canine heartworm (HW) disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis; and for the treatment and control of flea infestations, mite infestations, and intestinal nematode infections. The efficacy of this formulation to prevent canine HW disease was confirmed at three study locations which included the use of 88 purpose-bred beagles 6-8 months of age. Two of these studies also evaluated the effects of post-treatment water exposure or shampooing on product performance. Each dog was infected with 50 third-stage D. immitis larvae on test days –30 to –45. Dogs were blocked according to gender and body weight on test day –1. Topically applied test articles were administered once on test day 0 as follows: 10% imidacloprid+2.5% moxidectin (52 dogs); 2.5% moxidectin mono solution (eight dogs); 10% imidacloprid mono solution (16 dogs); and placebo solution (12 dogs). Treatment dosages were applied to provide a minimum of 10 mg/kg imidacloprid and/or 2.5 mg/kg moxidectin. Subgroups of dogs were exposed to water to simulate swimming/rain exposure at designated post–treatment intervals. Additional dogs were shampooed at 90 min, 4 h, or 24 h post–treatment. All dogs were necropsied 110–119 days post–treatment for recovery of adult D. immitis. No adult D. immitis were recovered at necropsy from any of the dogs receiving 10% imidacloprid+2.5% moxidectin or 2.5% moxidectin mono solution, demonstrating 100% efficacy for prevention of D. immitis infection. A total of 701 adult D. immitis were recovered at necropsy from dogs receiving 10% imidacloprid mono solution or placebo (range of 11–40 D. immitis/dog). The efficacy of 10% imidacloprid+2.5% moxidectin treatment for the prevention of HW disease was not decreased when dogs were shampooed as early as 90 min post–treatment, or when dogs immersed in water 5 times post–treatment at weekly intervals.