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    I was just wondering if worming is neccisary or just one of those things thought up by the evil compainies to get our money?
    Talking those monthly tablets like sentinel spectrum.
    New to ownig a dog so not too sure.
    Have been doing it up till now but have been told by several people that as we live in adelaide we dont get lots of the worms that yoiu are treating for.

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    Great question Erinah. I give mine intercepter spectrum monthly but often wonder if it's necessary. Most of my dogs don't leave my property. Then there are lots of roos. They could get worms from them I guess.
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    I do 6 week treatments - not had a worm here ever. I don't flea treat - we don't have fleas - if we were at dog training etc I would be doing it every 6 weeks and I do it as often in summer. Vets have told me 6 weeks is fine

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    I use Sentinel Spectrum, and like Occy, I give it every 6 weeks instead of 4.

    Personally, I do feel it is possibly 'over doing it' for many but as I run a rescue and have Pugs coming and going, my dogs are at risk of worms and fleas more than most.

    If your dog does not go out for regular outings, walks and doesn't mix with other dogs then it would be safe to assume that they do not need such regular wormings.

    Worming is definitely not a furphy created by drug companies. I have seen the effects of worms on many dogs and cats over the years.
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    I usually worm Tony every 2 months which seems to be fine although he doesnt have much interaction with other dogs. Every 6 weeks is fine IMO

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    The recommendation is actually every 3 - 6 months. However, monthly preparations are now becoming the norm.

    Unless you are giving an all-in-one monthly preparation, there is no need to de-worm any more often than 3 months at minimum.
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    My pets get advocate..it covers most worms and that's done monthly. I also give drontol every 3 months to cover all the types of worms.

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    It depends where you live, and what they eat, and how much contact with other dogs and dog shit they have as to how regular they should be dosed IMO.

    How often do you worm yourselves? everyone gets dosed twice a year here.

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    I worm every 4-8 weeks. Depends when I remember.
    I would worm them no matter where you live and how much they are exposed too.

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    You need to be aware of which ones are particular to your area. Like Hydatid tapeworms - they are around here due to it being sheep country - but in north Qld? I don't know.

    You can ask your vet - I remember when tapewormers became a big selling point for horses - I went and asked our vet if we needed to test for them and he said they weren't around here - so the product was overkill and a waste of money.

    That said, some worms can be spread by birds, so even if our dog stays home all the time they can still get them.

    I do ours every 6 to 8 weeks

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