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Where Can I Buy Cheap Dewormer for My Dog?

Updated on January 20, 2018
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Dogs that have been dewormed are healthier.
Dogs that have been dewormed are healthier. | Source

Deworming your dog should not be expensive or a lot of work. There are many internal parasites that affect dogs; some of them are annoying and some of them are deadly. The only thing they have in common is that they are all easy to get rid of.

The types of worms that your dog can be affected by are:

  • Roundworms (Toxocara canis, as well as a few other less common species). They can draw the nutrients away from the food before your puppy even gets to use it.
  • Hookworms (Ancylostoma and Uncinaria species.) Bad infections can lead to diarrhea and anemia, and some species of hookworms can even infect people.
  • Whipworms (Trichuris species.) Some infections can cause diarrhea, anemia, and dehydration.
  • Tapeworms: Dogs are usually infected with the Dipylidium species, picked up from eating fleas, but at times your dog pick up a tapeworm infection from mice, rats, and squirrels.

I recommend that you take a stool sample in to your local veterinarian´s office and have it examined for worm eggs. A lot of times a dog will not even have worms and buying a dewormer , even if it is inexpensive, is just a waste of money. (Spend it on a new toothbrush, some dental chews, or even just a new chew toy for your dog!)

How often should I have my dog checked for worms?

It depends on the dog.

If your dog is just lies around the house, once a year is fine. If she has puppies, goes out to the dog park all the time, or is in agility or dog shows, you need to have her checked more often. If the dog does have worms they will let you know what type he has. Even if they try to sell you the dewormer you can evaulate the cost and let them know later whether or not you want to buy it there.

Not digging for worms
Not digging for worms | Source

Which wormer and how much should I give?

If the stool sample shows that your dog has roundworms or hookworms he can be treated cheaply and safely with a drug called pyrantel pamoate. It is the drug used with ivermectin in the heartworm preventative you buy from your veterinarian. The drug is effective at 5mg/kg but is so mild that you can give twice that much with no problem.

In another article I gave the dose of ivermectin you can use to prevent heartworm infection. Ivermectin will also kill most of your dog´s intestinal parasites but even if you have bought some and have it on hand DO NOT use it for that. The dose for heartworm prevention is very low (.oo6mg per kilogram); the dose to kill worms is high (about 0.2 micrograms per kilogram) and a small percentage of dogs will react adversely to that high dose and will have serious health problems, even dying. Sensitivity to ivermectin is most common in herding breeds so some people that keep these dogs (collies, shelties, aussies, etc) will get their dogs tested for the MDR-1 gene before using ivermectin. Sometimes this problem will show up in other breeds that are not normally susceptible so it is not worth using this drug at a high dose and taking this risk. If you give the small dose for heartworm prevention there is no risk.

There are several other medications just as effective as pyrantel pamoate (Panacur, Drontal Plus) but it is like going to the pharmacy and buying medication for a sore throat, congestion, vomiting, and a headache, when all you need is an aspirin for the headache.

Nemex-2 Wormer 2oz
Nemex-2 Wormer 2oz

This is an inexpensive and safe dewormer that I use for puppies and adult dogs. It treats the most common intestinal parasites that will affect your dog, but if your dog has tapeworms you will need to get another product from your vet.

 

Is this an emergency?

Treating worms is not an emergency. Sometimes it will be worth it to just spend a few dollars and buy the treatment from your veterinarian, but if you have several dogs or large dogs you may want to buy online and save some money.

Healthy worm-free puppies at play!
Healthy worm-free puppies at play! | Source

What about tapeworms?

If your dog has tapeworms the ivermectin and pyrantel pamoate are not effective. Tapeworms are the type of parasite your dog picks up when she is eating fleas on her skin. (They usually look like large grains of rice on top of the dog´s stool. The Youtube video I have attached is pretty graphic and shows a larger segment crawling out of a stool.) Not all dogs get tapeworms, of course, and thus not all dogs need to be treated.

A tapeworm infection is not dangerous like roundworms in puppies but the little worm segments look nasty and most people want to get rid of them as soon as they see them. Some people will come in and complain that their dog has tapewoms because she is "scooting" on the carpet, but most of those dogs have impacted anal glands, not tapeworms.

They are not going to show up on your dog´s stool exam so if you notice them you do not really need to take a sample in to your veterinarian, just go ahead and buy the treatment.

If you have several dogs tapeworms, and want to buy the medication online, there are a lot of good sources.

Puppies at play on the beach.
Puppies at play on the beach. | Source

1. Always have a stool sample checked before uneeded chemicals into your dogs body and treating for worms that may not even be present.

2. Use pyrantel pamoate or other inexpensive wormers when they will work.

3. Use ivermectin to prevent heartworm disease but not to kill intestinal worms.

4. If your dog is diagnosed with coccidia or giardia when the stool is examined she will need alternative treatment. Discuss this with your regular veterinarian.

If you have any questions I can help you with leave a comment and I will get back with you as soon as possible.


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    • wetnosedogs profile image

      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      That is how my daughters' boxers play. That is how my youngest dog likes to play too.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Thanks for the visit. The red dog (with cropped ears) is my companion, her playmate is her brother who lives here on the island. They look like they´re really fighting and scare some people with their growling but it is all in fun.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Interesting article and good to keep in mind.

      Admire the pictures of the dogs playing. Are those yours?

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