Dog worm medicines are both inexpensive and easy to administer. Many of them can be purchased without a prescription while several do require that you get a prescription from your vet. There is also at least one dog worm medication that is all-natural.
What’s the difference between these dog worm medicines, and which one would be right for your dog?
First, there are dewormers and then there are other dog worm medicines that do more than deworm the dog.
There are also some differences between dewormers in terms of how often they must be administered. For example, Wormout and Nemex-2 require just one dosage. In comparison, Safe-Guard and Panacur C are to be given to the dog for three consecutive days. And WormX Plus and Worm Clear are to be administered three times a day for one day.
Below are descriptions of the most popular dog worm medicines along with sample prices. Please keep in mind these prices will vary, depending on whether you buy them online or at your local pet store, and which retailer you buy from.
Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm and Tapeworm Medicines
All four of these worms are intestinal parasites. This means they can usually be eliminated by means of a simple deworming treatment. There are a number of these dog worm medicines available.
Vetafarm manufactures Wormout. It is safe to be used with both cats and dogs. It is to be given at the rate of one tablet per 11 pounds of the dog’s weight. Wormout can be given directly to the dog or crushed and put in its food. The manufacture indicates that dogs should be treated with Wormout every three months. Also, the company says it is safe to use with any dog two weeks old or older. Wormout does not require a prescription.
- For small dogs – 6 tabs $10.40
- For medium dogs – 6 tabs $14.39
- For large dogs – 20 tabs $176.18
Safe-Guard Canine Dewormer
This deworming treatment is manufactured by Intervet, which says that it should be used for the treatment and control of roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms in dogs and puppies over six weeks of age. The daily dose is to be mixed with food and administered to the dog three days in a row. The manufacturer further says that the dosage should be 2 grams per 20 pounds of body weight. Safe-Guard is sold over the counter and does not require a prescription.
- 3 one-gram packets $5.49
- 3 two-gram packets $7.49
Panacur C can be used to treat hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms. The usual dose for dogs is one packet, based on weight, given once a day for three consecutive days. It can be mixed with a small amount of the dog’s usual food. However, dry dog food may require some more studying to allow for proper mixing with the Panacur C.
- Three 4-gram packets $12.99
- Three 1-gram packets $5.49
This deworming product is to be given to the dog three times a day – in the morning, the evening, and at bedtime. It is available over-the-counter, and is a pork liver-flavored, chewable tablet that comes in two sizes for accurate dosing. WormX Plus is said to treat and prevent the most common canine intestinal worms. Each tablet contains pyrantel pamoate and praziquantel. It can be used on dogs and puppies 12 weeks of age and older and weighing six pounds or more.
For small dogs and puppies, the usual dose of WormX plus is one tablet. For dogs and puppies weighing 12-25 pounds, two tablets. The tablets are given as a single doze. For dogs weighing more than 25 pounds, you should purchase the 114 mg size.
- For small dogs, 2 tabs $6.95
- For large dogs, 2 tabs $12.97
This product is promoted as a broad-spectrum dewormer for dogs. It can be used to treat tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms. Drontal Plus’ active ingredients are pyrantel pamoate and praziqualtel – much the same as WormX Plus. Drontal Plus comes as scored tablets for small dogs (22.7 mg) and for medium to large dogs (68 mg). The dosage is based on the dog’s weight. It is available only by prescription from your vet. It should only be used as directed by your vet.
- 22.7mg tab $5.49
- 68mg tab $12.99
Nemex-2 (Pyrantel Pamoate)
This dewormer is made by Pfizer, comes in liquid form and is used for the removal of large roundworms and hookworms in dogs and puppies. It is administered at the rate of one full teaspoon for each 10 pounds of the dog’s body weight. Puppies should be treated at two, three, four, six, eight, and 10 weeks of age for maximum control of reinfection.
- 2 oz (12 tsp) $10.84
- 16 oz (96 tsp) $56.49
Sentinel Tapeworm Preventative
Sentinel is different in that it is the only monthly oral preventative that actually guards against heartworms, adult roundworms, adult hookworms, and whipworms; and that prevents the development of flea eggs. It does require a prescription from your veterinarian.
Sentinel controls and prevents flea eggs from hatching. This is important because if your dog consumes a flea that is tapeworm-infected, it will eventually have a tapeworm. This is because when the dog digests the flea, the tiny tapeworm inside it is released into the dog’s system and ultimately grows into a worm that can be six to nine inches long.
Sentinel comes in palatable, flavored tabs. It also eliminates the tissue stage of heartworm larvae and the adult stage of hookworms, roundworms and whipworms. Recommended dosage is once a month in the dog’s food.
- For dogs 2 to 10 lbs., 6-pack flavor tabs $55.00
- For dogs 11 to 25 lbs., 6-pack flavor tabs $57.00
- For dogs 26 to 40 lbs., 6-pack flavor tabs $63.00
- For dogs 51-100 lbs., 6-pack flavor tab $68.00
D-Worm for Tapeworms
D-Worm is used specifically to rid dogs of tapeworms. Tapeworms are different from the other intestinal worms in that infection comes when the dog consumes a flea – and not because of eating feces, inadvertently consuming worm-infested soil or eating an infected prey. D-Worm kills both the flea-transmitted and rabbit transmitted species of tapeworms. It is available online, requires only one dosage, and does not need a prescription.
The recommended dosage of D-Worm is:
- 1-5 lbs. 1/2 tablet
- 6-10 lbs. 1 tablet
- 11-15 lbs. 1 tablet
- 16-30 lbs. 2 tablets
- 31-45 lbs. 3 tablets
- 46-60 lbs. 4 tablets
- Over 60 lbs. 5 tablets
All-Natural Dog Worm Medicine
If you are concerned about giving your dog a harsh dewormer, there is all-natural alternative called HomeoPet Worm Clear.
The manufacturer of this product claims that Worm Clear is a fast-acting, broad-spectrum, 100% natural liquid homeopathic product that will remove hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms. It is also said to help prevent infestations by reducing the dog’s susceptibility to worms. It can be administered by adding it to the dog’s water or directly into its mouth. Worm Clear has no added chemicals and, according to its manufacturer, is a gentle, safer alternative to most dewormers.
You give Worm Clear to the dog to three times a day – in the morning, the evening and at bedtime. The dosage for dogs less than 20 pounds is five drops; for dog 20-100 pounds, 10 drops; and for pets over 100 pounds, 15 drops. To prevent worm infestations, the product should be given to the dog for seven days.
15 mL bottle $12.49
Dog Worm Medicines
In summary, there are many dog worm medicines available that are inexpensive and easy to administer. If you find that your dog is infested with any of these intestinal worms, don't worry. These dog worms can be cured quickly and painlessly.
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