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Thread: Please help me choose a worming product, especially if you have cats

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    Question Please help me choose a worming product, especially if you have cats

    Hi!

    I'm looking at the Parasite Prevention Product Comparison chart my vet gave me at my puppy's last visit, and I'm a bit confused. There are so many products, but many of the products don't offer protection against all the parasites on the chart (heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm, fleas, paralysis tick, ear mites). Let's say forget about the tick, fleas and earmites as you can treat them externally. There are still many products that don't cover whipworm and tapeworm... are those worms not very common in Australia (but if not why would they be on the chart)? Or do you use separate products for heartworm and the other worms? I'm not sure how to interpret the chart as it seems like only one product listed protects against all the worms, which makes me wonder if they made this chart just to promote that brand (I might be paranoid).

    Also, if you have dogs and cats as well, do you use the same medication on both species or do they need to be species-specific? And if your cat is indoor only, should you still worm it as it's exposed to the dog?

    Lastly, can you recommend any online pet supply stores within Australia?

    Thanks in advance

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    Mostly I use a separate heart worm treatment to the other worms.

    I get most of what I want with revolution (flea treatment that includes heartworm) + canex (all the other worms)
    before that I did frontline + and a heart worm shot (hole in the wallet) and drontal all wormer.

    When I go east I supplement with some tick treatment (and manual checks).

    I've used these websites
    Clean Run: What Ships Free
    (I stick to what ships free and avoid the food and chews - quarantine will confiscate all of it)

    Australia Pet Supply, Accessories & Food Store | Discount Frontline Plus, Revolution, Sentinel Spectrum & Interceptor Spectrum For Dogs & Cats Online - Vet Products Direct Australia

    Dog Cage, Crate, Enclosure, Run & Dog Kennel | Vebo Pet Supplies (this one does not send to PO Boxes because they use a not-Australia post courier).

    K9+ Soft Dog Crates : Australia
    (Got a really nice dog crate from here)

    Discount Dog Supplies Australia | Pet Extras
    me and the dog really like the cool mats
    Cool Gel Mat For Dogs and Cats (Medium XL) - Shop Soiled - Pet Extras
    should have got one for me as well as her.

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    Thank you Hyacinth, I got a few months worth of worming tablets (lol tongue twister) from the vet today and was a bit shocked at the price so I'll be very happy to check out those links tonight...

    On a related note, has anyone here tried the annual wormer injection with good results?

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    I get containers of Canine All Wormer which covers all worms plus the Hydatid tape worm and are well priced. Because I have a few dogs that I dose regularly because I live on a sheep farm I get them in containers of 100 tablets, but they also come in smaller lots.
    I also get nu heart or proheart for heart worm. Both these products come from vet n pet direct from memory. Last time I ordered they had some good discounts happening.

    Fleas are not a problem out here because of the hard dry ground and I rarely see ticks and we dont have the paralysis tick here either.

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    There is an annual heart worm injection - I got for one year because there was a discount which meant the first of two that have to be given, was free. ARRRGGHH...

    I don't know of any other annual injection. That one makes a massive hole in my wallet - without covering anything else.

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    I've been using either panoramis or advocate (heartworm, some intestinal worms, fleas, eat mites) monthly and then drontal every 3 months (the rest of the worms). Our cat is strictly indoors but I worn him too, I use the cat versions of advocate monthly and then drontal 3 monthly too

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    I use Interceptor on my dogs which covers

    heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) and control roundworm (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), whipworm (Trichuris vulpis), hookworm (Ancylostoma caninum, Uncinariastenocephala) and adult tapeworm (Echinococcus granulosus, Dipylidium caninum, Taenia pisiformis)
    The cat gets advocate.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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