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Q: Is it safe to give a dog a wormer just in case?

October 24, 2008 | By Cindy | 9 answers | Expired: 2112 days ago

Cindy

My dog has been to the dog park and other parks and I just want to be on th safe side by de-worming her. Is it safe to give her a de-wormer even though she is not sick?

Any veterinarians or vet techs who know the answer, I'd appreciate hearing from you - thanks.

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Jill R.
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Oct 25, 2008

According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council and the CDC, pets should be dewormed as a preventative measure at least 4 times a year. This is especially true if your dog is visiting other places where dogs are- like dog parks. SOME types of heartworm medications (Heartguard PLUS, Interceptor, to name a few) have a general wormer in them, but many do not. Make sure to talk to your vet about product recommendations and you can also visit www.petsandparasites.com to learn more about the risks.

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mia C.
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Oct 24, 2008

There are several different types of worms and therefore different dewormers. Something like Strongid-t is for roundworms, common and I would consider safe. Hooks, tapes, etc..need a particular med, Cestex and Albon, and honestly a fecal would declare if they exist or not. Tapes are specific and have nothing to do with other dog's fecal matter. All in all a fecal test is inexpensive.

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Tom B.
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Oct 24, 2008

I work at an animal shelter and we do blanket wormings for all our dogs whether they are sick or not. A med like Strongid will not hurt the dog in any way.

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