As an adult, many dogs simply need a Milbactor tablet once every three to six months to control most roundworms, tapeworms, heartworm and lungworm depending on their lifestyle.
Alternatively Prinovox spot on can be used monthly to treat fleas and roundworms, this also covers for lungworms (like the Advocat treamtment you often see advertised). Flea control is also very important in the control of tapeworms, as the tapeworm Dipylidium is acquired through the ingestion of fleas.
Prinovox does not treat tapeworms, it only helps prevent them spreading so a Milbactor tablet should be given every six months to provide cover, one week after applying the Prinovox.
There is no full-spectrum flea and multi-worming treatment available for dogs – you will still need to treat for tapeworm every 3-6 months.
Worming Pregnant Bitches
Bitches may be wormed during pregnancy to prevent transfer to her puppies using Panacur. This is administered daily from day forty of the pregnancy until two days after the puppies are born, so for approximately twenty-five days
There is another worm that should be considered in some dogs – lungworm. This worm lives in the heart and major blood vessels supplying the lungs, and it can cause many problems including dangerous conditions such as a blood clotting disorder.
The lungworm parasite is carried by slugs and snails, which may be deliberately or accidentally eaten by the dog (e.g. when playing with toys in the garden), so control of lungworm is particularly important in dogs that scavenge outdoors.
Our combined flea and worming treatments such as Prinovox and Nexguard Spectra will cover you against both fleas and most worms including Lungworm. Nexguard Spectra also covers against ticks. These are the treatments we routinely prescribe however Advocate Spot On is another example.