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Old 02-17-2012, 06:57 PM
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Odie's due to be dewormed soon. We've been using one Interceptor tablet every three months, as the vet prescribed. I've heard some people say you should only deworm if you have someone that's "high risk" in your home, and some do it only a couple times a year. Our vet told us that they don't even test puppies anymore, because almost 100% of them have worms so they just deworm them all.

Odie's over a year old now, lives with two indoor cats, and she does go outside and go camping, etc. Sometimes my grandma visits, and I would describe her as very high risk for infection (diabetes, COPD), and Odie sometimes stays with my parents and my dad just beat cancer. I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing by deworming her.

Do you deworm? Why or why not? What do you use and how often?
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the only time i personally dewormed of any kind at home was to get rid of dexters tapeworm but other then that hes only gotten it thru his puppy stage
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Why would you only use interceptor every 3 months? It is intended to be used monthly...or did I miss understand.? Unless you are seeing worms or they showed up in the fecal, I would see no need to deworm.
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My breeder dewormed both of my chi's before they were ready to come home. Then my vet asked for a fecal sample once I brought them home to make sure the deworming my breeder did worked. I haven't dewormed either of them since then. One of my chi's is now a year and one month, and the other is almost 6 months.
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The Interceptor box does say it's a once-a-month tab, but our vet prescribed it every three months. He said that heartworms actually take about three months to grow, so every month isn't necessary, especially because our temperatures drop low enough that it's not a concern in the winter. He prescribed it because we live in one of only four heartworm endemic areas in Canada (from June until October). Mosquitos can't get enough of our lakes in the summer. This is what the prescription label says:

1 tab every 2 weeks until 3 months, then monthly to six months. For adult animals: 1 tablet every three months.

If I do give it to her again, I probably won't do it until June. If I don't give it to her, how often should I have her fecal matter tested?
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I deworm monthly with Sentinel, with the exception of December & January.
And in summer I use Advantage Multi.
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Are you talking about intestinal worms? Or heartworms?

For intestinal parasites, I take in a stool sample once a year. If it's clean, I don't de-worm. Why would I when there's no worms present?

For heartworms, I use heartguard plus every 45 days ONLY during the summer when the temperature is consistently above 59 both day and night.

I wouldn't worry about your grandma getting infected with anything from your dogs. The only way they would potentially transmit anything would be through the stool. If your grandma's not messing in the dogs poop then all is good.
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Originally Posted by Brodysmom View Post
... Why would I when there's no worms present?
...

I do it as a preventative measure to help minimize the risk of environmental
contamination. My dogs do a lot of exploring and hunting, they also interact
with a lot of other animals both inside and outside my home.
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