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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: 2111 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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Paws4acause
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Oct 25, 2008

We deworm our dogs evry now and then as a precautious messure.(once a yr). Ive been doing it for 7 1/2 yrs with our dig zeus. Just dont do it all the time as there is no need.

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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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Ethel02
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Oct 25, 2008

If you keep your dog on heartworm meds once a month you don't have that worry, and no, you should not worm your dog "just in case", bring a stool sample to your Vet if your worried.

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jennifer r.
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Oct 25, 2008

I would recommend de-worming once a year. I know some of the topical flea prevention also prevents worms. But a dontrol couldn't hurt as long as you aren't to holistic or anything. When a dog gets giardia from the water, we use de-wormer for at lease three days in a row to cure it. Panacure is a great de-wormer as well.

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Sheltervt
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Oct 25, 2008

vet tech here... why dump pesticides into your dog if you aren't certain that worms exist?

Most common worms are spread through a secondary host, so as long as you're doing a monthly HW preventative and topical flea preventative, the most common worms (heartworm, tapeworm, and roundworm) will be avoided.

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daryl b.
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Oct 25, 2008

absolutly so don;t forget that the wormer is a poison so there are certan timme os the year they cha pick up worms. so the end of these seasons would be my best bet bust ince you are dealing with a poison please check with your vet

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Rose  C.
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Oct 25, 2008

I'm a big fan of dog parks. My dog Aspen went twice a day for the first few years of her life.(Now that she's 10 we only go once a day) We see LOTS of other dogs every day and in the 10 years I've been getting her checked, she's only had worms once.
I think the heartworm preventative we give her also prevents roundworms and hookworms. Maybe if you choose the right heartworm medicine you don't have to worry about anything else

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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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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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