Worming

Worming your pet is very important - but with the wide choice of products available, choosing the right one can be difficult.

We list the most popular products here, but if you have any questions about another just give us a call.

Product comparison


Advocate (dogs and cats)

Application: Monthly spot-on, applied to back of neck

Covers

  • intestinal worms
  • heartworm
  • mange
  • kills adult fles

Does not cover

  • tape worm

What we think

Complete treatment (except tapeworm), easy application. Dogs and cats require tape worm tablet every 3 months.


Sentinel (dogs only)

Application: Monthly Flavoured chew

Covers:

  • all intestinal worms (including tape worm)
  • heartworm
  • sterilises fleas

Does not cover:

  • does not kill adult fleas but prevents them breeding

What we think:

Not the best for pets in high flea-risk environments, but the only product to cover everything. Easy to administer.


Revolution (dogs and cats)

Application: Monthly spot-on, applied to back of neck

Covers:

  • intestinal worms (cats only)
  • heartworm
  • mange
  • kills adult fleas

Does not cover:

  • tape worm

What we think:
Most complete cover for cats (along with Advocate), easy application. Cats require tape worm tablet every 3 months and dogs require intestinal wormer every 3 months.


Milbemax (dogs and cats)

Application: Tablet given every 3 months

Covers:

  • all intestinal worms (including tape worm)

Does not cover:

  • fleas

What we think:

If you use this product, you will also need to vaccinate your animal against heartworm annually, and protect them against fleas with a product like Advantage or Frontline


Our recommendation

Heartworm is the most dangerous of all these conditions, and it is on the rise in Victoria. We therefore recommend an annual heartworm vaccination, which means your pet is covered even if you forget to give them their monthly tablet or spot on.

If you choose to vaccinate your animal annually against heartworm, you only need to give them Milbemax once every three months, and treat them with a flea control product like Advantage or Frontline.

Of course, if you choose another product, your animal will be fine as long as you remember to apply the product on time, and supplement the treatment as described above

A note on giving your cat tablets

Cat owners know it’s not always easy to give a cat a tablet! This video might help.