Worming the Dog

Sindi Barrios

Dog worming. We all mean to do it more regularly. We all tell ourselves that after lapsing, we’ll put a note on the calendar and stick to the plan. Don’t feel bad because this is just as true for people who really should know better – vets, vet nurses, even the people who make wormers – as it is for the rest of us! But just because we’re ALL rubbish at it doesn’t mean it isn’t important!

At best, worms erode your dog’s health, make them a little bit greedier and generally uncomfortable, which is bad enough. Worms left untreated can have life-long implications for both your dog and the people they live with.

Check with your vet surgery to see which wormer they think is best – the risks can vary by region – and then get browsing. Having a wormer is only half the battle. What your dog will take, or can be tricked into taking, is also key. Pet Drugs Online have wormers in a host of different formats, so think honestly about the last time you tried. If you’ve been struggling with tablets, maybe a paste or powder would be better?

Tablets Drontal and Drontal XL are the big dogs (excuse the pun) here. But we also stock Droncit (tapeworm), Cestem, Cazitel Plus, Prazitel and Veloxa. If you can pop them down, all well and good but you may need to resort to hiding the pills in a treat.

Paste – Paste really means Panacur. It comes in a ‘syringe’ but don’t be put off it – is not a needle, more a tube with a plunger (sort of like bathroom grout or sealants). You can pop it in their mouth and squeeze or mix with their food.

Liquids and powder – If you’re worming a puppy, we’ve Drontal Puppy and for adults, there’s Panacur Liquid. While in powder form there are Panacur granules and Granofen. All are mixed in with food and (hopefully) they’ll wolf it down without noticing.

Whatever you choose, be honest about your dog’s weight so you can give them the right dose (it can be a bit tricky to work out).

And that’s the easy part, remembering to do this regularly is really, really hard. Life does have a habit of getting in the way, but your dog’s health has to come first.

If in doubt contact your veterinary practice

And always keep your vet's phone number handy - just in case!