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Dog Wormers & Worming Tablets

Intestinal worms are a common infection in dogs due to how easily they are picked up. Puppies can be infected with worms while they are still in the mother or through the mother’s milk. Dogs can also contract intestinal worms if they are digging, sniffing or playing in infected grass or dirt, if they eat an infected animal like a rodent, or from a flea bite.

Intestinal worm infections may go unnoticed and undiagnosed for months as dogs often do not show symptoms until they are severely ill. In many cases, a course of treatment with a suitable worming product will be enough to kill off the infestation. However, sometimes they can persist and, in these cases, it is recommended that you seek advice from your veterinarian.


Worming Products for Dogs

There are a wide range of worming products available for dogs on the market today to ensure your friend is well protected. De-wormers are available as tablets, meaty-flavoured chews, liquids, pastes and topical or spot-on treatments for dogs of almost all ages and weights.

Worming Tablets

Worming tablets can protect your dog against a single worm (often tapeworm), or all worms that can infect your dog (called an all-wormer or broad-spectrum wormer). Vet Products Direct stocks a wide range of worming tablets for dogs at competitive prices.

Top brand worming tablets we stock include Aristopet Allwormer Tablets, Canine All Wormer, Cazitel Allwormer tablets, Credelio Plus, Droncit, Drontal, Endogard, Evicto, Fido’s Allwormer, Fido’s Closasole, Interceptor Spectrum, Milbemax, Milpro, NexGard Spectra, ParaGard, Popantel allwomer, Popantel Tapewormer, Popantel F tablets, Ranvet Allwormer, Sentinel Spectrum, Simparica Trio, Value Plus allwormer and Virbac Tapewormer.


Worming Liquid or Paste

Puppies and small dogs can be treated with a worming liquid or paste for easy administration. The liquid or paste can be added to food or given directly in their mouth.

It is recommended that you consult with your veterinarian when deciding whether or not to worm your puppy.

Top brands of worming liquids or pastes we stock include Drontal allwormer and Troy puppy and kitten worming syrup.


Worming Treatments for Dogs of All Types

Dogs can vary widely in their size and shape, and come in a wide range of breeds. VetProductsDirect stocks a broad product range that covers worming treatments for dogs of all sizes or life stages.


The Risks of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs

Left untreated, a dog with worms can suffer from malnutrition, dehydration, an intestinal blockage, organ damage. Humans and especially young children are at risk of contracting worms from an infected dog.


Types of Intestinal Canine Worms

Tapeworms – Tapeworms live in the small intestine of infected dogs and can sometimes be seen around the dog’s bottom or in their poo. The flat, off-white coloured worm can grow up to 10 to over 70cm in length. A dog infected with tapeworm will often “scoot” or drag their bottom along the ground. In a dog with a severe tapeworm infestation, they can suffer from vomiting and might vomit up some worms.


Roundworms – As the name suggests, roundworms have a spaghetti-like shape and are the most common intestinal worm that affects dogs. Roundworms are very commonly found in puppies as they can contract roundworms from their mother, both while they are still inside her or through her milk. A roundworm infestation in puppies can stunt their growth as the worm will consume food in the dog’s intestine, starving the growing puppy of vital nutrients. Dogs can contract roundworm when they come into contact with infected faeces. Humans can also contract roundworm if they were to accidentally ingest roundworm eggs.


Hookworms – Hookworms latch onto your dog’s intestine using their sharp teeth and feed on your pet’s blood, which if left untreated, can lead to anaemia. Hookworm larvae can penetrate your dog’s skin if they are picked up off the ground from infected soil or ingested from an infected animal such as rodents or other wildlife. Puppies can contract hookworm via an infected mother’s milk. Symptoms of a hookworm infection can include weight loss, bloody diarrhoea and a dull or dry coat.


Whipworms – Whipworms cannot be transmitted to humans but do cause severe illness in dogs. Whipworm infections are common amongst dogs that life in shelters or kennels as the eggs can survive up to 5 years in an ideal environment. They have a long, thin tail and live in the dog’s large intestine. In the early stages of infection, dogs may not show symptoms. After the infection has progressed, dogs can develop diarrhoea, weight loss or in cases of severe infection, anaemia. Read more about: Why Worming Your Pet Is So Important.


Signs That Your Dog May Need Wormer Products

There are many different symptoms that your dog may show signs of worms or another parasite. Some of these symptoms can also appear with other diseases or medical conditions. If you are unsure if your dog has worms or if you have treated your dog for worms and their symptoms have continued, consult with your veterinarian. Here are some common symptoms to watch out for in dogs with worms:

  • Coughing
  • Sickness and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea (sometimes worms or their eggs can be seen in faeces)
  • Blood in stool or dark, tar-like stools (common with a hookworm infection)
  • Lethargy and lack of energy
  • Stunted or slowed growth (in puppies)
  • Distended stomach or ‘potbelly’ (especially in puppies)
  • Sudden increase or decrease in appetite
  • Pale gums or anaemia 
  • Weight loss or overall poor body condition
  • Loss of shininess and lustre in your dog's coat
  • Irritated, itchy, or flaky skin
  • 'Scooting' or rubbing of the rear end on the floor
  • Change in condition and consistency of stools
  • Worm segments in your dog's fur around their anus or in its faeces


Never let these worms get the better of your dog. Instead, get the right medication and treatments at great prices from VetProductsDirect. Get in touch with our team if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach them during business hours on 1300 838 776 or by emailing [email protected]

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