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by Northern Maiden on 14 December 2011 - 00:12

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I am curious; how often do you worm your dogs and what do you use?  Currently, we use Heartgard Plus every month because we have such a problem with mosquitos in our yard and neighborhood.  Even during a warmer winter day the mosquitos come out and pester us.  But I am interested in using something more natural (if possible and effective), as the drugs seem so harsh.

by Blitzen on 14 December 2011 - 02:12

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I don't routinely deworm dogs unless a fecal exam shows the need to do so.

by huntshep on 14 December 2011 - 03:12

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I deworm every 3 months all of my dogs- Alternating with Panacur and Pyrantel.  Living in Florida and traveling with my dogs to Germany and Canada to shows exposes my dogs to parasites and other bacteria.  In addition I do fecal checks on all of my dogs thruout the year. This keeps my dogs clean and healthy.

by CMills on 14 December 2011 - 03:12

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I use 1% injectable Ivermectin once a month,  which is the exact same ingredient that is in Heartguard but way less in cost.  As a registered nurse I'm always looking at ingredients of anything that I use on/in my dogs. It takes care of just about all worms/heartworms too. You can buy it online, or any livestock supply store,  I get mine from Tractor Supply Co.

by GSDS4EVR on 14 December 2011 - 04:12

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I use Nemex-2, twice a year, And bi-weekly for pups aged 2-6 weeks

by Blitzen on 14 December 2011 - 13:12

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If a dog takes ivermectin monthly as a h-worm preventative it will probably not need anything else for internal parasites other than tapeworms. For me it's bad enough that I have to give a h-worm preventative monthly, I don't want to give my dog anything else toxic unless needed. 

by Two Moons on 14 December 2011 - 16:12

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Parasites are in the environment and mine run free so I usually worm after we've had a hard freeze, once a year for adults.
I worm a bitch right after she has bred.
I prefer Panacure for round worms, and I use Interceptor plus for heart worms all year.
If you do get tapes you'll see them in the stool, tests at my vet are more expensive than treatment and I check stools regularly anyway.
Young dogs are checked after being wormed at six weeks, at six month intervals until two years.

by VKGSDs on 14 December 2011 - 19:12

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I also use injectible ivermectin for monthly heartworm and don't do additional de-worming unless needed, however I don't breed or have puppies around, just my 1-5 year old dogs.

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