Best Dog Dewormer

Best Dog Dewormer

Nobody likes the thought that their pet may be carrying worms: the thought of living, wriggling, repulsive, slimy parasites inside our pets fills us with horror.

Added to this, there’s the fear that dog worms can cause illness – in pets, and indeed in ourselves.

Read on to learn about our top recommendations or jump to the bottom of the article to read about the symptoms of worms in dogs, and to learn what you need to do to minimise their impact on your dog – and on your family..

Our reccomendations for the Best Dog Dewormers

1 – Quad Dewormer for Dogs by CatNDog

CatNDog’s Dewormer Pills help to treat different kinds of worms including: Hookworms, Roundworms, Tapeworms, and Whipworms. It’s an all-in-one product for these worms. There’s no prescription required so you can save time, effort, and money.

This product has 5 tablets while there’s also an 8-tablet variant. It can be used to treat adult dogs and puppies, which adds value to the product.

The dewormer treats can be taken by mouth or mixed with wet or dry food. Dry food might also require a little water to be mixed with the food/meds.

CatNDog offers a money-back guarantee for this product. You can return the first box within 30 days of the purchase date for a full refund. There are no questions asked, so your purchase is risk-free.

Key Features

  • Tablets can be crumbled/mixed with food
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Can be used without a prescription
  • Tablets can be taken directly or with wet/dry food
  • Treats tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms
  • Doesn’t produce any side effects

Not good for ..

  • Might give dogs indigestion
  • Dosage info isn’t 100% clear

2 – Dewormer for Dogs by Virbantel

This Virbantel product is a dewormer for dogs and includes flavored/chewable tablets. It can be used for treating tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms. The tablets are liver-flavored, and there’s no need to mix with dog food.

The tablets safely treat various kinds of worms in dogs and puppies. The active ingredients are the same ones in Drontal and are proven to be safe and effective.

This product includes convenient dosing formulations in large 50-count bottles. This makes the product good for big operations like breeders, shelters, and rescues.

This is an over the counter (OTC) product, but it’s still advisable you consult your dog’s veterinarian before administering the deworming pills. You should also consult your animal doctor if your dog experiences any side-effects when taking the deworming tablets.

Key Features

  • Doesn’t have to be mixed with food
  • Works for roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms
  • 2 dosing formulas available
  • Active ingredients are proven safe/effective
  • Can be used with puppies 12+ weeks old
  • Can be used without a prescription

Not good for …

  • Packaging is designed for breeders, shelters, etc.
  • High price point

3 – Canine Dewormer for Dogs by Safeguard

The Safeguard Canine Dewormer for Dogs includes 3 boxes with three pouches (2-grams). It must be administered for 3 days in a row and is effective for up to 6 months. The Canine Dewormer is safe for young puppies 6+ weeks old and pregnant dogs.

The dewormer granules can be mixed with your dog’s favorite wet/dry food. It treats various worms like hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms.

Since this product is OTC, it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals found in prescription deworming treatments. Your dog might experience small side-effects like upset stomach.

The product is advertised as one of the most effective OTC treatments for deworming. This can give you peace of mind that it will be effective in treating your dog’s worms.

Key Features

  • Treats tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms
  • Granules can be mixed into food
  • Effective OTC deworming product
  • Safe for puppies 6+ weeks old and pregnant dogs
  • Bundled with 3 packages (3 pouches each)

Not good for ..

  • Might cause a little upset stomach
  • Must be administered for 3 days

4 – Worm Free Naturally Dog Wormer by Alternative Animal

This is a natural wormer that’s designed to kill parasites in a safe and natural way. It contains no harsh chemicals and is non-toxic. Parasites don’t build up an immunity like with standard wormers because this product isn’t a chemical.

The dewormer product contains 15 trace minerals that have been proven to be safe for animals. This makes it a safer option than dewormers with strong chemicals. These can cause unwanted side-effects.

Worm Free Naturally is a powder that can be used safely for dogs, cats, and horses. It causes the worms to experience dehydration, which destroys them.

This Alternative Animal product can also provide some other health benefits. They include better digestion and coat. These aren’t the main benefits but can improve your pet pooch’s overall health.

Key Features

  • Prevents parasites from building up immunity
  • Helps improve digestion
  • 15 trace minerals safe for plants, animals, and soil
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Natural wormer that kills parasites without using chemicals
  • Works in a couple days

Not good for …

  • Works better on insects than worms
  • DE works better in dry environments

5- Panacur C Canine Dewormer Packets

This broad-spectrum dewormer is designed for small dogs and puppies. The product contains 2 tablets. It can be used to treat tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms.

The tablets are flavored/chewable, so they’re very dog-friendly. You can also save lots of money vs. dewormer treatments that contain harsh chemicals.

The OTC dewormer can be used for puppies 12+ older or adult dogs 6-25 lbs. If you have a larger breed, you should consider another product that’s designed for medium/large breeds.

The product includes an insert that you should read before administering the dewormer tablet to your canine. It’s also important to consult your dog’s veterinarian even though this is an OTC product. They can help with the diagnosis and treatment of parasites.

Key Features

  • Effective for small dogs and puppies
  • Broad-spectrum dewormer
  • Includes 2 chewable de-wormer tablets
  • Can treat/control tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Can be used 2x for eggs
  • No major side effects
  • Effective for deworming puppies

Not good for …

  • Dose may need to be increased if 2 tablets not.

6 – Nemex-2 Dewormer for Dogs by Pfizer

Pfizer is a NYC-based company that’s the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. This makes it a good option if you’re looking for a dewormer from an established company.

Pfizer’s Numex-2 Dewormer can be used to remove worms in adult dogs and puppies. It contains Nemex-2, which has been proven to be very effective in removing hookworms and roundworms. The product can also treat cats and kittens effectively.

It’s important to use the proper dosage, which is 1 teaspoon/10 lbs. of body weight.

Pyrantel pamoate is this product’s active ingredient. Each bottle contains 2 ounces (60 mL). Make sure to order based on the size and number of dogs you’ll need to treat.

Key Features

  • Very effective active ingredient
  • Can treat roundworms and hookworms
  • Better than many pet store products
  • Active ingredient pyrantel pamoate
  • Good for adult dogs and puppies

Not good for ..

  • Not effective for  all types of worms

7 – Naturpet D Wormer | 100% Natural, Safe, & Effective Dewormer for Dogs and Cats

This NHV dewormer for Dogs and Cats works with puppies and kittens also. It’s in a liquid form, so it’s better to use with wet food instead of dry food. The dewormer is all-natural and veterinarian-approved.

NHV’s dewormer is fast, effective, and safe. It doesn’t contain harsh chemicals like other products. Besides destroying parasites, it can also help to boost your pet’s immune system. This can help to prevent future parasitic infestation.

This is just as important since it helps to prevent new worms from living in your pet. As the old saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.”

The dewormer can be used for different kinds of worms, so it’s more flexible than other products. It also contains herbs that help repair parasitic damage and control bleeding.

Key Features

  • Safe and natural dewormer product
  • Treats tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms, threadworms, and hookworms
  • Product can boost immune system
  • Works for dogs and cats
  • Fast and effective with no chemicals
  • Veterinarian-approved

Not good for …

  • Some pets don’t like the liquid form

Top 10 facts about worms in dogs

1 – Dogs don’t always show any signs of dog worms

The symptoms of worms in dogs are not always what people expect, and indeed, often there are no discernible signs of worms at all. Dogs can carry an internal worm burden – in their intestines or in their lungs – without showing any immediate signs of illness. Despite this apparent good health, internally the worms can be causing serious issues (e.g. Lungworms can stop the blood from clotting) and can cause the dog to shed dangerous worm eggs (e.g. Toxocara canis). This lack of obvious signs of worms in dogs is the main reason why vets recommend routine de-worming, even when animals appear to be in full health.

2. Sledging or scooting does not always mean that a dog has worms

There’s a widespread misconception that when a dog rubs its bottom along the ground (sledging or scooting), worms are always the cause. This is not at all true: there are dozens of other possible causes, most of which are more common than worms in dogs. Examples include impacted or infected anal sacs, dietary and environmental allergies and many other causes of itchy skin. If your dog spends a lot of time sledging or scooting, you should get your vet to take a look: a simple physical examination is often enough to establish the cause. Treatment for worms may still be recommended, but worms are rarely the main cause of this problem.

3. Symptoms of worms in dogs can be dramatic

A wide range of signs of worms in dogs can be seen, including ravenous appetite, weight loss, gastro-intestinal upsets (such as vomiting or diarrhoea), pot-bellied appearance, and a dry or scurfy coat. While worms are usually only associated minor signs of ill health in dogs, but there are rare examples where life threatening illnesses can be caused by worms. The two most common examples are roundworms in puppies (the immature immune system allows the worms to proliferate in the intestines to such as extent that they can cause an overwhelming infestation) and some cases of lungworm. Lungworms can cause coughing or difficulty breathing, but sometimes they can also prevent the blood from clotting. This can lead to unexpected haemorrhage, and there have been cases where dogs have died suddenly from brain haemorrhage, with no prior warning: it’s only on autopsy that worms are found in the lungs, pinpointing them as the hidden cause of haemorrhage. Monthly worming using a specific anti-lungworm product can be the only way to prevent this type of scenario.

4. Dog worms can be dangerous to humans

The common dog worm, Toxocara canis, can be passed on to humans. While a healthy adult human’s immune system can deal effectively with the challenge, if children ingest infective worm eggs, the worm larvae can migrate through the child’s tissues. If a larvae ends up in the brain or eye of a child, there can be very serious consequences including seizures or blindness. This zoonotic potential is the reason why routine worming of family dogs is so important.

5. The environment needs to be protected against worms as well as the dog

As well as treating dogs for worms, it makes sense to take steps to minimise any risk of children ingesting dog worm eggs from the environment. This is why it’s so important to remove faeces from any environment that is frequented by children (e.g. poop scooping in gardens and public places) and  why hygiene measures are essential (e.g. hand washing before meals) in order to reduce the risk of worm infection. Worm eggs can survive for many years in the environment which is why it’s so important to prevent them from getting there in the first place (by worming dogs regularly and picking up poops).

6. Fresh dog poop does not contain dangerous worm eggs

I have been contacted by parents, distraught at the fact that their child has just accidentally contacted fresh dog faeces, and worried that this will automatically lead to blindness. The fact is that dog worm eggs only become dangerous to humans once they’ve incubated in the environment for a few weeks, giving the eggs time to mature to the infective stage. So the risk is old dog faeces, which is another reason why it’s so important to scoop that fresh poop.

7. Puppies need to be wormed more often than adult dogs

Worming puppies repeatedly is a key part of their care. Puppies need to be given a worm dose every two weeks between four weeks and twelve weeks of age, because their immature immune system means that a single worm dose is not enough to eradicate the worms that they have picked up from their mother (both in the womb, via suckling, and from the breeding environment.) In contrast, a typical adult dog may need to be wormed only once every three months (although some individuals may need more – or less- frequent worm treatments).

8. Individualised worming recommendations are the best way to treat worms in dogs

The risk of dogs picking up worms is directly related to individual characteristics of particular circumstances. Just as pups need to be wormed more often than adults, dogs that habitually eat slugs and snails need more frequent worm doses than apartment-dwelling dogs that rarely venture outdoors. Some dog worms are more common in certain parts of the country, relating to climate and other factors. Some vets recommend routine worming with tablets, while others recommend spot-on products, and others will request faecal samples to test for worms. The key message is that every dog is different, needing a custom-designed anti-worm regime.

9. Over-the-counter wormers need to be used with care

Dog wormers can be bought from many outlets, including supermarkets and pet shops as well as vet clinics, but there are key differences between different types of worm treatments. For example roundworms in dogs can be treated with one product, while tapeworms in dogs may require a different tablet. It’s a waste of time trying to treat tapeworms with a product aimed at roundworms. For this reason, the inexpensive product in the supermarket can easily end up failing to solve your problem. To be sure that you are using the appropriate worm treatment, it’s safest to talk to your vet, who will be able to match the right product to your pet’s needs.

10. If you are travelling overseas, special worming may be needed

Heartworm is common in many overseas locations, and regular specific preventive heartworm treatment is essential if you are visiting such places with your pet. And when returning from many foreign destinations with your dog, you are required to have tapeworm treatment certified by a local vet in your Pet Passport. Talk to your vet before travel to ensure that you protect your dog against any exotic worms they may encounter.

Worms have been around for as long as dogs, and they’ll continue to cause health issues for pets and people. However logical and appropriate use of anti-worm medications means that this risk can easily be kept to a minimum.

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