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This page is the 4TH page in this series on pitbull health. Click Here to go to the 1rst page.

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I get so many emails where people experience a host of problems with their dog and I know immediately as they explain the symptoms that their dog has worms. I am appalled at the number of people who go six months or even a year without worming their dog to prevent worms. Dog worms are responsible for all kind of health issues.

In this series of articles I cover the most common types of worms that infect dogs and how to provide proper treatment against common intestinal dog worms as well as other worm types that can cripple and even kill your dog.

As always when talking health matters, I advice that you see a professional Vet, as there is no substitute for their hands on experience when dealing with various types of dog worms. I will also tell you how the big kennels treat their dogs for worms and how you can treat a dog for worms cheap.

Shelia from Miami, Florida asks Mr PitBull:

Dear Mr PitBull what is the best thing to use to worm my dogs with?

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Shelia, having a regular schedule of canine worming is absolutely a must. This is essential in keeping your dog healthy. I worm my dogs for intestinal worms one month and for heartworms the next.

For intestinal worms, I use Fenbendazole, the active ingredient in Panacur and Safe-Guard. It is the best treatment for canine worms and the safest according to a number of studies for many types of dog worms. Fenbendazole has been used heavily for worms since the mid 1970's for both pets and livestock. It has a fairly wide safety margin as a wormer and is said to be safe for treating pregnant dogs for worms.


De-wormers are poisons and can be very dangerous to your dog's health if over-dozed. Most are better served to purchase commercially prepared dewormers for dogs. Few large kennels buy pet owner canine deworming medicine because of the premium price of pet owner prepared health products; worm medicine included. Instead, many kennels, including myself, buy Fenbendazole / Safeguard Wormer Suspension. that is packaged for cattle deworming. If you have a few dogs you will save money on your dog's health care with this wormer... Click the orange link to go to Amazon.

Fenbendazole/Safeguard/Panacur is a broad spectrum wormer for dogs. It will work to kill a number of the most common worms that dogs may get. Yet it does not kill every kind of worm. For instance, some types of tapeworms it will not kill. That is why you should consult your vet to make sure you are treating with the right medication for the kind of worm you dog has.


When using the Liquid Fenbendazole / Safeguard Wormer Suspension for canine worms that is sold for use with Livestock, the dosage amounts for canine worms and the frequency of application differs substantially from the label when worming dogs. The dosage for canine worms is also different than the paste that some may use. I do not use the paste and the dosage I describe is for the liquid Safe-Guard® 10% Suspension for Cattle and Goats dewormer. Myself and many other kennels dose dogs at 1 ml/cc per 5 pounds of body weight for intestinal worms. That means that a dog that weighs 50 pounds would receive a dose of 10 ml/cc of dewormer. It is important to note that the same dosage of dewormer is given three days in a row.

Why the difference in dosage of dewormer for dogs? A dog has a much shorter intestinal tract. And therefore the deworming medication is expelled through the dog's system faster than other animals. This means that a heavier dose is needed to produce results when treating a dog for worms.


I use a 20cc/ml Syringe to measure the dose of dog worm medicine and then squirt it into the dogs mouth. I straddle each dog while he stands and tilt his head back while prying open his mouth with the same hand. I then place the syringe toward the back of their mouth and squirt it in rapidly. A little of the dog worm medicine may fall from their mouth, but most is swallowed. I have used this technique to treat many dogs for worms and none of the dogs have a problem when receiving their worm medication this way.

There is a lot of information on the internet in regards to dosage for the liquid worm medicince Safe-Guard® 10% Suspension for Cattle and Goats; so do your homework. Remember, dog wormer is a poison; it causes paralysis. So, make sure you know what you are doing before treating a dogs for worms. Again, for a pet owner I would advise going with a worm medicine designed for dogs.

On the next page: I talk about how often a dog needs to be treated for worms.
I also relate when to worm puppies and the proper dosages of dewormers.

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