Dogs Parasite Prevention Schedule

Intestinal Worms

These live in the gastrointestinal system and include Hookworm, Roundworms, Whipworms and Tapeworms. They can cause severe diarrhoea and severe disease especially in young puppies.

Schedule:*

Treat every fortnight until 12 weeks of age then
Monthly until 6 months of age then
Every 3 months for life
Ask your veterinarian for the most suitable product.

*Your veterinarian may alter this schedule as it depends on your pet’s risk profile.

Heartworm

Spread by mosquitoes, the adult worms cause heart disease and possible death.

Schedule:*

Monthly treatment (if using a spot-on treatment or oral chew)
Heartworm injection
Adult dogs yearly (speak to your veterinarian)
Puppies
12 weeks of age then
6 months of age then
Annually with your yearly vaccinations
Ask your veterinarian for the most suitable product.

*Your veterinarian may alter this schedule.

Fleas

The most common external parasite found on dogs and cats. They cause intense itching and hair loss. Fleas may also cause skin allergies and can transmit other parasites, such as tapeworms, to your dog.

Fleas are not always easy to find, as only 5% of fleas are seen. One of the best methods is to look for flea dirt (flea faeces) in your dog’s coat. These appear as “black specs” in the fur and appear especially above the tail region. If you dampen a tissue and touch the black specs they will turn red as they are simply digested blood.

Schedule: *

Most prevention involves a monthly spot on treatment or oral tablet. There are also new, effective options available such as oral three-monthly treatment or six-monthly topical treatment. Your knowledgeable vet can help guide you to the most suitable product for your pet.

Ask your veterinarian for the most suitable product.

*Your veterinarian may alter this schedule.

Ticks

The paralysis tick is common along the east coast of Australia especially New South Wales and Queensland.

Once the tick attaches at a suitable site it begins to engorge with blood and will inject a potent toxin that causes muscle paralysis. It can potentially cause death if the muscles that help your pet breathe are paralysed.

Checking for ticks at home:

This is a very important component of preventing tick problems

  • Check daily – use your fingers to run through your dog’s fur.
  • Check from the head to the tip of the tail
  • If your dog has a long coat, use a comb
  • Run comb backwards against the fur, followed with your hands
  • Feel for any bumps and stop and inspect if you find one.
  • Pay attention to the head, neck and chest, behind the ears , in the ears and between the toes.

If a tick is found seek advice from your vet immediately.

Schedule:

Most prevention involves a monthly spot on treatment or oral tablet. There are new, effective options available such as oral three-monthly treatment or six-monthly topical treatments. Ask your veterinarian for the most suitable product as prevention varies around Australia. If you are travelling to a tick infested area with your pet, speak to your veterinarian BEFORE you travel.

Mites

Speak with your veterinarian.