Which Worming treatment is best for your Dog?
When it comes to dog worming treatments, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your dog. Which worms does your dog need protection from? What is the reason for treating your dog? Is your worming treatment regime and product compatible with your dog's flea and tick treatment?
At VetProductsDirect, we want to make it easy for you to select the dog worming treatment which:
Protects your dog (and your family!)
Is easy to use
Do I even need to worm my dog?
Short answer - YES, for your dog’s health, and for your family’s health! Worms in dogs are serious, and need to be treated seriously!
Worms (intestinal worms and heartworms) can make your dog very ill or even kill them! There are some parasites that are zoonotic, meaning that they can spread from the dog to humans! To protect not only your dogs, but also you and your family, you should make sure that your dogs have full protection with a dog worming treatment that protects your dog against the whole spectrum of intestinal worms and heartworms. Dogs can contract a number of internal parasites, and in a few cases, these parasites can even be transferred to humans, posing a serious health risk for your family, especially children.
The four types of intestinal worms most common in Australia are:
- Hookworms suck blood from the intestinal lining and cause anaemia, diarrhoea and weight loss in pets. They pose a health risk to humans.
- Roundworms live in the small intestine. They can cause diarrhoea, stunted growth, lung damage, bacterial pneumonia and possible death. They also pose a health risk to humans.
- Whipworms live in the large intestine. Infection is via faecal-oral transmission and more likely to occur where dogs either live or play together. Whipworms can cause weight loss, anaemia and bloody diarrhoea.
- Tapeworm - there are two types of tapeworms (flea tapeworms and hydatid tapeworms). Dogs contract flea tapeworm from ingesting infested fleas, usually when they are grooming.Hydatid tapeworms are contracted by eating infected raw meat or offal. Tapeworms cause shaggy coats, irritability, lethargy and diarrhoea. Hydatid tapeworms have significant human health implications, and lead to the development of painful cysts in humans, which must be surgically removed.
Heartworms can also infect dogs. These are spread through a single bite from an infected mosquito, and can cause serious (often fatal) heart disease in dogs.
Different dog worming treatment are available on the market that treat intestinal worms and heartworms in dogs, and it can be confusing to choose which one is right for your pet. There is no product available in Australia that treats fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worms all at once - you need to use a combination of dog worming treatments to protect your dog from parasites.
Here’s some of our most popular dog worming treatments at VetProductsDirect -
- Nexgard Spectra - a once-a-month chew that covers roundworms, hookworms and whipworms, and heartworm, as well as fleas and ticks.
- Drontal - available in tablets, chew or puppy suspension, it treats roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm (including hydatid tapeworm), and is given every 3 months to adult dogs
- Milbemax - these small tablets treat roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm (including hydatid tapeworm), and heartworm if given monthly
- Interceptor Spectrum - these beef-flavoured tablets prevent heartworm disease and control roundworm, whipworm, hookworm and tapeworm, and are given monthly
- Simparica Trio - as well as killing fleas and ticks, it treats hookworms and roundworms and prevents heartworm.
VetProductsDirect sell a full range of dog worming treatment , and so you can be sure that you select something that (together with your dog’s flea and tick protection) gives your dog protection against all the parasitic worms! If you don’t know what your dog needs, after looking through the dog worming treatments on our website, call our friendly award winning Customer Service Team!
Monthly, 3-monthly, tablets, chews and topical spot-on wormers - what worming treatment is best for your lifestyle and your dog?
When you choose the best dog worming treatment for your dog, think about these things:
- What protection does your dog already have from his other treatments (flea and tick treatments)
- How good are you at remembering dog treatments - is it easier to always treat your dog on (say) the first of the month, and does this fit in with the treatment regime for fleas and ticks (is it easier for you to give your dog all her treatments at the one time of month?) Or would you rather treat your dog less often, knowing they are protected for up to 3 months?
- How good is your dog at taking tablets? Whilst some dogs will take anything (wrapped in some chicken or other treat!), others make giving them a tablet a very unpleasant experience for both you and your fur-baby! For these fussy dogs, consider whether a flavoured chew or even a topical spot-on treatment is best!
- How old is your dog? Some products, like Milbemax and Aristopet Allwormer, are safe to give puppies from 2 weeks of age - when our little friends are at their most vulnerable. Others can be used by pregnant dogs - look at products like Drontal Allwormer and Interceptor Spectrum chews.
Where can I buy dog worming treatments for my dog at the best price?
At VetProductsDirect, we have the best range of dog worming treatments, for every size and age of dog. And if you don’t know what you need, or you need some advice on what’s appropriate for your dog, just contact us for helpful advice from our award winning Customer Service Team!