Mar 20 2013

Let’s Kill Some Worms (Part 2)

So your pet has been diagnosed with worms….let’s talk dewormers!  There are many different brands of dewormers out there.

 

The “banana milkshake” appearance of Strongid.

 

Pyrantel pamoate:

These dewormers target roundworms and hookworms.  They tend to be the least expensive of the dewormers and are typically used for our puppies and kittens.  (Remember: puppies and kittens can get roundworms and hookworms from their mother either when they are developing or through the mother’s milk).  Common brand names for this type of dewormer include Strongid, Nemex, and Virbantel.

Fenbendazole:

This compound targets a wide range of worms including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and more.  It will kill a certain type of tapeworm (but not the one carried by fleas!).  Common brand names include Panacur and Safe-Guard.

 

Praziquantel

This antihelminthic (fancy word for dewormer) targets our flatworms (including those tapeworms that are carried by fleas!).  It should not be used in very young animals.  The most common brand name is Droncit.

 

All of these dewormers are sold as single ingredient medications.  However, since not one dewormer does all types of worms, there are many combination products out there.  For example: Drontal Plus contains pyrantel pamoate, praziquantel and a precursor to fenbendazole.  This is our broad spectrum dewormer that will take care of the roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.  These products are great because if there is one worm, chances are, there’s more than one!

 

Dewormers are typically used once we find an infestation.  However, monthly heartworm preventions are typically combined with intestinal parasite prevention as well.  This gives your animal a monthly dose of protection against these intestinal parasites as well.  Always be sure to read the box and make sure your problem parasites are taken care of.  Remember, not all worms are created equal and some need special medications to kill them off!
Dr. Freihaut

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