Dogs are susceptible to a broad variety of parasites including fleas, roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, tapeworms, whipworms and others. Want to protect your best mate against these nasties? If so, check out our picks for the 7 best dog worming tablets in Australia – along with recommendations for similar parasite cleansing products that can be ingested orally by your dog, even though they aren’t actual tablets.
Natra-Pet isn’t actually a tablet, but it is intended to be taken by mouth in much the same way a tablet would be. It’s a herbal formula with active ingredients consisting of black walnut, wormwood and clove. It’s safe for both dogs and humans to ingest.
Wormwood is effective against intestinal worms – in particular, it kills roundworms and pinworms. When wormwood is used together with walnut hulls and cloves, experts believe the combination is effective for interrupting and completely breaking the parasites’ life cycle.
Drontal Allwormer chewable tablets are intended to eliminate multiple types of intestinal parasites. If your dog is suffering from tapeworms, including hydatid tapeworms, these tablets may be of interest. Drontal Allwormer tablets are also helpful for eliminating roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.
Drontal has multiple active ingredients that include praziquantel, febantel and pyrantel. These ingredients work to disrupt worms’ nervous systems, sending them into paralysis and resulting in their death.
Milbemax can protect your dog against intestinal worms and heartworms. The active ingredients in this product are Milbemycin oxime and praziquantel.
Comfortis Plus is a medication intended to control several different types of canine parasites including fleas, heartworms, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms.
The active ingredients in this medication are spinosad and milbemycin oxime.
This medication treats 11 different types of intestinal parasites including roundworms, tapeworms, Hyatid tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms and others. This product does not provide heartworm prevention or control. These are tablets intended for adult dogs, but the same also manufacturer makes a syrup available for puppies.
Heartgard Plus is a heartwormer medication made in formulation for small dogs, medium dogs or large dogs. This product can also help to control roundworms and hookworms, but it is not effective for controlling tapeworms or whipworms. The active ingredients in the product are Ivermectin and Pyrantel (as Embonate Salt).
Raw Pumpkin Seeds
Many dogs enjoy raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds as a treat – and they can also be effective for getting rid of intestinal parasites such as pinworms and tapeworms. There’s an amino acid called cucurbitin present in pumpkin seed which is the active ingredient primarily responsible for parasite elimination. After your dog ingests it, it works to paralyse the parasites, which then allows the dog to eliminate them from its digestive tract.
A Chinese study demonstrated that pumpkin seeds are effective at eliminating parasites from humans. Their research showed that pumpkin seeds were even more effective at eliminating parasites when they were combined with areca nut extract.
The Importance of Flea Control for Preventing Tapeworms
Fleas aren’t just aggravating, annoying pests; it’s possible that they can be hosts for tapeworms. If your dog ingests the fleas, it can become infected with tapeworms as a result. So minimising flea infestations is also an important part of tapeworm prevention and control.
Food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) is an effective natural flea treatment. To get rid of fleas, use it topically on the dog’s coat and also dust it liberally into the dog’s environment, particularly in its bedding. DE works because its microscopic sharp surfaces jab and pierce insects’ exoskeletons, leaving them vulnerable to dehydration and death.
Another popular flea remedy is Nexgard tasty chews.
If you have cats in your household, beware of any flea remedy or other parasite remedy that contains Permethrin, because this toxic ingredient is deadly to cats. Any remedy that contains permethrin should be avoided in a multi-pet household that includes kittens or cats.
These are our top picks for the 7 best dog worming tablets and parasite cleanses in Australia. We’ve also included a couple of suggestions for flea remedies that will help to control heartworms. We hope this information is helpful to you for keeping your doggo happy, healthy and parasite free.