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Hi, I had an argument with someone saying that shop bought dog worming tablets were just as good as veterinary prescribed worming tablets I totally disagreed with that statement but I am trying to find evidence why vet worm tablets would be better can you explain why?
Welcome! My name is***** am a 2003 graduate, and currently a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern.
You are both correct.
Here's why?
Sometimes, the generic over the counter products for something like pyrantel pamoate is very similar.
The problem with some of the over the counter products is that they may not contain what they list. This frequently happens for my patients in the STates, where someome tries a over the counter product, but continues to see worms. So, when I retreat with my product, the problem is resolved.
The other problem is that some of the prescription dewormers cover more types of worms and are more likely to address a worm problem.
So, although the shop bought products can be okay, there are circumstances when they don't treat the appropriate type of worm, or sometimes, they don't work at all.
Hope that helps.
Please remember to select the tab, REPLY TO EXPERT, if for any reason you need further clarification or have more questions. I aim to provide the best answer that I can.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi, Thank you for your answer. For me personally I would always use a veterinary prescribed de-wormer as I have a 2.5 year old Grandchild so would not risk an over the counter wormer. Can I ask another question is it best to remove a tick from a dog? I personally always do as I have they can be quite irritating/painful to my dogs. The person I had discussion with said she never removes ticks.

Yes to remove ticks.
But, I always prefer a veterinarian or technician does it, to help ensure the entire tick is removed.
Many times, when my clients do it, they leave the head behind, and it causes a local skin reaction and infection.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Thank you for your answer Dr. Andy. I expect you realise I am in the UK Sandra x