Fleas serve as intermediate hosts for tapeworm so it’s important to control of fleas.
Tapeworm infestation is unlikely in pups less than 6 weeks of age but most puppies can be born with roundworms.
Pets should be wormed every three months with Prazitel™.
Praziquantel is the only wormer suitable for the Pet Travel Scheme.
Prazitel flavoured tablets can be given with our without food.
Always wash your hands after contact with your pet or with soil.
Prazitel™ Plus XL for Dogs is ideal for racing greyhounds.
Is your pet infected?
Dogs and intestinal worms have evolved together over millennia, and the most common worms have adapted so well that you may not even know that your dog is infected.
The most common early signs of intestinal parasites in puppies are poor growth (stunting), dull hair coat, scrawniness (thin), lack of playful energy and diarrhoea. Many of these puppies have bony bodies but potbellied, big tummies.
In older dogs, the most common signs are lack lustre, brittle hair coat, boniness, listlessness and diarrhoea. Some of these older pets become picky eaters, in some, the opposite occurs - they are ravenous and some show no changes in appetite at all. Exitel Plus kills the 4 most common worms and improves your dog’s health.
Adult hookworms are quite small and barely visible to the naked eye. The great majority of dogs obtain hookworms through ingesting (eating) hookworm larva that have hatched on the ground from the parasite’s eggs. Dog stool can contain millions of these, thin-shelled eggs. Puppies can get infested through the milk from their mothers whilst feeding where hookworms can do a great deal of damage to the intestinal wall and can be fatal. Worming medications kill only hookworms that have finished their journey to the intestine. Because the time that the parasites arrive in the intestine is staggered, a single worming is never enough.
Whipworms are another common parasite of dogs. Because they inhabit the lower intestine the majority of dogs that carry this parasite show no signs of illness. Whipworms do not pass large numbers of eggs, so there presence can be missed in fecal exams. The eggs are very hard to kill and most over the counter treatments won’t kill Whipworm, however, Exitel Plus can kill the parasite but it require several treatments and the area where the dog is kept needs stringent cleaning and disinfectant to reduce the potential for further infestation.
Roundworm infection is probably the most common disease of puppies – more have them than do not have them. Roundworms and tapeworms are the largest parasites you are likely to see in your pet’s stool. They are thin spaghetti-shaped critters, 3-18 cm long. It is also common for puppies to become infected while still in the womb or from suckling (drinking) milk from mothers that harbor the parasites. Various varmints (rats, mice etc.) that come in contact with dog roundworm eggs, end up with these parasites encysted in their bodies and can transmit them to dogs if they are themselves consumed. Because so many puppies have roundworms, all puppies should be wormed for them. They need several wormings to destroy all the parasites.
Tapeworm parasites are quite a common in dogs and cats. Luckily, the symptoms they cause are not severe and Exitel Plus can eliminate them. Unlike the other common intestinal worm of pets, tapeworms require two different types of hosts to complete their complicated life cycle. The first intermediate hosts are fleas that carry the tapeworm to its new home. The second host is your pet. Tapeworms do not have a mouth. They feed through their skin . All tapeworms are segmented – like a long string of pearls. Some are many feet long, other types, only a few segments long. Every tapeworm has an oval head with a group of hooks, which act like fish hooks and anchor the tapeworm to the lining of the pet’s small intestine.