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FAQ - Deworming

Puppy Schedule, Adult Schedule, Should I treat anyway with a fecal negative?
What do these dewormers treat? Where can I buy?

I am not a vet.  This is what I do for my dogs and it is presented as that alone.
If you have any questions, ask your vet, he is your best medical source.

All puppies (and adults) need to be dewormed regularly.  Your breeder should have given you a copy of her deworming schedule and should be actively deworming puppies.  No matter how sanitized an environment is, parasites can be transmitted in mother's milk, the ground, the water supply, other dogs, and surrounding wildlife.  Puppies need fecal checks, specifically before they are shipped, and they need to be dewormed.

Some puppies are more susceptible to parasites, some parasites are more resistant to treatment.

Wayeh's Puppy Deworming Prevention Schedule:

When mom goes into heat, she gets 3 days of Fenbendazole 22% (Panacur) because going in heat and whelping are when mom is most vulnerable to parasites.

Mom gets her monthly Interceptor or Ivormec for regular deworming & heartworm prevention throughout the conception, pregnancy, whelping, and rearing of puppies.  We use the 1st of the month so it's easy to remember.

Birth - mom gets 3 days of Fenbendazole 22% (Panacur) starting on Day 2 because she's generally full of placentas on Day 1.  

Week 2-3-4 Pyrantel Pamoate (Nemex II) 
- Wean puppies to Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy food ~ 4 weeks

Week 5-6-7 Interceptor 
- or alternate Pyrantel with Interceptor after 4 weeks
- Start puppies on Raw Meaty Bones (RMB) ~ 5 weeks

Week 7 weights & fecal tests at my vet

Week 8 weights & fecal tests at my vet
- Fenbendazole 22% (Panacur) 3 DAYS
- Metronidazole 250mg 2x/day 7 days

Week 9 health certificates for those flying 
- Interceptor

If we get loose stools, we test/treat off schedule.  If fecal tests find anything, we treat it.  Fecal tests are NOTORIOUS for false negatives.  It's not about the skill of the tester, it's just some parasites are difficult to detect.

Wayeh's Adult Deworming Prevention Schedule:

January - Interceptor

February - Ivormec

March - Ivormec

April - Interceptor & 3 days Fenbendazole 22% & Frontline Plus

May - Ivormec & Frontline Plus

June - Ivormec & Frontline Plus

July - Interceptor & Frontline Plus

August - Ivormec & Frontline Plus

September - Ivormec

October - Interceptor & 3 days Fenbendazole 22%

November - Ivormec

December - Ivormec

No one treatment is perfect for all dogs.  Parasites can build up immunities/resistance to the same drug over and over again. 

Should I treat anyway with a fecal negative? 

Maybe so.

Prevention schedules are not always 100% effective.  Your puppy can pick up parasites despite your rigorous efforts at prevention.  And the drugs we use for prevention are often not strong enough to TREAT parasites once your puppy has them.  Fecal tests are also notorious for false negatives.  The test says there are no parasites, but there really are.  Vet offices can do a number of tests from fecal floatations to giardia snaptests.  The giardia tests are very reliable.  The fecal floats are not.  Some parasites are just hard to find.

So if your puppy has been on a prevention schedule and you have eliminated as many variables as you can for treating diarrhea, and your puppy still has loose stools or explosive diarrhea, you could consider treating for parasites anyway.

  1. Fenbendazole 22%, sold under the names Safe Guard or Panacur, is a terrific all around wormer.  It often gets things we can't find by testing.  It will treat hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms, but it will not get coccidia or giardia.  

  2. Metronidazole or Ditrim, are both used to treat intestinal protozoa like coccidia & giardia.  If you have tried 3 days of fenbendazole 22% with no tightening of stools, and you have a negative fecal test, and a negative giardia snaptest, your puppy may have coccidia.  Ask your vet about treating your puppy for coccidia.  Metronidazole & Ditrim both are antibiotics that will help heal the gut.

What do these dewormers treat?

Droncit - tapeworms which come from fleas, I don't use this unless specifically required because it's so bloody expensive

Fenbendazole 22% (Panacur) - hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, some tapeworms, which can all be picked up in the soil

Frontline Plus - technically a flea prevention, but tapeworms come from fleas, and this also treats mange, ear mites, etc.  I use half doses and the dogs sleep in cedar, a flea repellent, and I no longer use straw or hay, which harbors fleas

Interceptor - heartworm prevention, plus some treatment of hooks, whips, rounds - DO NOT GIVE TO HEARTWORM POSITIVE DOGS

Ivormec 1% cattle wormer - heartworm prevention, plus some prevention of hooks, whips, rounds, mange & ear mites -- NOT FOR COLLIES, also

Metronidazole 250mg - coccidia & giardia, which can be in your water or ground 

Pyrantel Pamoate (Nemex II) - roundworms, which puppies can get through mother's milk

Where can I buy these dewormers?

If its a by-prescription drug, I assume you'll go to your vet.  Some vets will write you a script to go to online places like, but if your vet sells the product, don't be surprised if they won't give you a script so you can save a buck off their prices.  This is how they make their living, just as you make yours.

By prescription from your vet:


Fenbendazole 22% (1lb tub)

Interceptor - after a heartworm negative test


No prescription, get from your vet, feed supply stores, big-box stores, or online at :

Frontline Plus 

Fenbendazole 22% (individual 3-day dosing) sold as SAFE GUARD or PANACUR

Ivormec 1% cattle wormer 

Metronidazole 250mg - also sold as FISH ZOLE at

Pyrantel Pamoate (Nemex II) sold as human pinworm treatment

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Wayeh Alaskan Malamutes last updated 08/29/2010

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