Q: I deworm my dogs every four months and I am worried that the worms may build up resistance. Should I switch between products with different active ingredients?
A: Firstly, deworming is very important. Many parasites are present in South Africa and cause a variety of diseases. I would recommend deworming more regularly, at least every three months, and if you live in a high parasite area, deworming every month would be better. Worms can definitely develop resistance to the drugs, and changing the type of deworming medication you use from time to time will help prevent this from happening. There is no standard in small animals for when you should change the drug, but I would recommend changing the dewormer every six months to prevent resistance from developing.
The best deworming tablets are those that you can pick up from your veterinarian or veterinary nurse.
These drugs are scientific, studies have been carried out on them and they are very efficient.
Dr Jevan Christie, veterinarian