Heartworm, Flea and Worm Protection for Dogs

Click the product name or scroll down. •Proheart Injection •Revolution •Panoramis •Sentinel •Advocate •Simparica  •Activyl •Comfortis •Bravecto •Advantage •Frontline •Nexgard •Seresto •Advantix •Milbemax •Drontal

Are you confused by the all the options to prevent heartworm, fleas and intestinal worms in your dog? Here is our guide to the best options available; we haven’t included everything but you should find all the common, safe and respected treatments found in your vet or pet supplies store. Product details below…

heartworm flea products

The chart above gives an overview of each product; only protection against the parasites in RED is considered necessary in all dogs. You can just choose the treatment with the most ticks but we advise you make a more tailored plan by reading about each product.

free sms remindersThis list is in order of our preferences but please consult your vet for advice specific to your pet before use. Choose products so that you don’t treat the same thing twice; for example, if choosing Revolution, you don’t need another flea control.

At this quality end of the market, most flea, heartworm and worming programs work out at around the same cost. Prices are available on request. We send free monthly SMS text reminders to anyone who purchases flea or heartworm control at our clinic.

Important Note Re Tick Control

There is no need to have tick prevention in the Adelaide region. If you live or travel elsewhere, please contact the local vets for advice relevant to your area. Tick control is difficult and control is not guaranteed even when treatments are used. Therefore, daily checking is still advised.

1. Products To Prevent Heartworm

Warning: monthly tablets or chews containing ivermectin (usually found in supermarkets) should never be used in collie or collie cross dogs, and all dogs should be tested free of heartworm before starting.

Follow the links to learn more about:

Proheart SR12 Once a Year Injection

annual heartworm injectionPrevents: Heartworm only

Comes as: Annual injection administered by your vet

  • Continuous protection against heartworm
  • No need to remember to give monthly treatments
  • Safe in dogs who have missed prevention
  • The most popular heartworm prevention for our clients’ and our own dogs.
  • We will send a letter and an SMS when the injection becomes due again.

Proheart Injectable is effective long-term protection against heartworm (and hookworm briefly). Dogs receiving it still need a flea control every month and a worming tablet every three months. However, the peace of mind is in knowing you have taken the most life-threatening disease and made its control guaranteed.

How to Use Proheart

We advise you start Proheart at 6 months of age, it will next be due around the time of your dog’s annual vaccinations each year for a convenient single visit. Of course, you can start any time and the injection will then be due at the same time every year. Proheart has been tested in breeding dogs, and is safe if given to dogs carrying heartworm although testing is still advised.

Revolution

Prevents: Heartworm, Fleas, Intestinal worms*, some mites

revolution for dogsComes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • A quick-drying, and less messy spot-on treatment
  • Once the product is fully absorbed your pet can be bathed without loss of effect
  • As well as heartworm and fleas, it is also useful in treating puppies infested with ear mites and dogs who have been exposed to sarcoptic mange or fox mange
  • Our favourite treatment for those wanting to use a combined flea and heartworm preventative.
  • Safe in very young animals*Canex intestinal all-wormer is supplied in 6-packs of Revolution

How to Use Revolution

Revolution can be safely applied to puppies from 6 weeks of age. Dogs who have missed prevention and may have heartworm require a blood test before starting. You will still need to use an intestinal worming treatment.

Panoramis

Prevents: Heartworm, Fleas, Intestinal worms (except tapeworm)

panoramis for dogsComes as: a tablet, given monthly with food

  • ‘Complete’ product for routine prevention needs*
  • Highly effective flea control
  • No restrictions on bathing, no mess
  • *We advise using a tapewormer every 6 months

Many people find giving a tablet quite difficult; for these people we recommend using Revolution. If monthly dosing may be missed, we recommend using Proheart SR-12 injection annually, Comfortis for fleas and Milbemax for intestinal worms.

How to Use Panoramis

Panoramis can be used from 14 weeks of age. There is a serious interaction with off-label doses of ivermectin (which all vets should know) so please tell your vet you are using Panoramis if your dog needs to be treated for mites. Dogs who have missed prevention and may have heartworm require a blood test before starting.

Sentinel

Prevents: Heartworm, Fleas, Intestinal worms

sentinel for dogsComes as: a tablet, given monthly with food

  • ‘Complete’ product for routine prevention needs in Adelaide
  • No restrictions on bathing, no mess
  • Safe in very young animals

Disadvantages are the need to give a large tablet, and the need to remember it every month. Also, the method of flea control actually sterilises fleas rather than killing them, meaning dogs which go into heavily flea-infested areas like dog parks may still need other treatments.

How to Use Sentinel

Sentinel is safe in puppies from 6 weeks of age and breeding dogs. Dogs who have missed prevention and may have heartworm require a blood test before starting.

Advocate

Prevents: Heartworm, Fleas, some intestinal worms, most mites

advocate for dogsComes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • Rapid flea control
  • As well as heartworm and fleas, it is also useful in treating puppies infested with ear mites and dogs who have been exposed to sarcoptic mange (fox mange)
  • Also has a label claim to “aid in the control of” demodectic mange- see Simparica below

How to Use Advocate

Advocate can be used from 7 weeks of age. Animals can be bathed after 48 hours, but if bathing is done frequently, some loss of effect of flea control may occur. We highly recommend you also give intestinal worming tablets every 3 months. The solvent may damage clothing and painted surfaces so take care after applying it, and avoid placing it where the animal can lick. Dogs who have missed prevention and may have heartworm require a blood test before starting.

2. Products To Prevent Fleas & Not Heartworm

These products are used together with a heartworm preventative and intestinal worming (see elsewhere). All cats and dogs living together need to be treated to control fleas in a household. Read more about controlling fleas on dogs and treating the house for fleas here.

Warning: do not use any products made for dogs on cats, rabbits or ferrets.

Simparica

Prevents: fleas, mites, ticks

Comes as: a tablet given once every month.

  • Highly effective flea control
  • No restrictions on bathing, no mess
  • Registered for the treatment of demodectic mange
  • Also treats sarcoptic mange and ear mites
  • Also effective against ticks if travelling interstate

How to use Simparica

Simparica can be used from 8 weeks of age in puppies and dogs over 1.3kg.

Activyl

Prevents: fleas

activyl for dogsComes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • Fast, modern flea control
  • Bathing can be done after 48 hours without losing effect
  • Available in single doses

How to Use Activyl

Only for dogs weighing over 1.5Kg and over 8 weeks of age. Do not apply in a way that it can be licked; if the contents of the vial are too much for one site, apply it in several places out of reach of your pet.

Comfortis

Prevents: fleas

comfortis for dogsComes as: a tablet given once a month with food

  • Highly effective flea control
  • No restrictions on bathing, no mess

How to use Comfortis

Comfortis can be used from 14 weeks of age. There is a serious interaction with off-label doses of ivermectin (which is only given by vets) so please tell your vet you are using Comfortis if your dog needs to be treated for mites.

Bravecto

Prevents: fleas

Comes as: a chewable tablet given once every 3 months with food.bravecto for dogs

  • Very long acting flea control
  • Also controls paralysis ticks for 4 months
  • Treats dogs up to 56kg
  • No restrictions on bathing, no mess
  • Safe in breeding, pregnant and lactating animals

How to use Bravecto

Bravecto can be used from 8 weeks of age from 2kg bodyweight. However, in young puppies there will be a big change in body weight which may make accurate dosing difficult for such a long-acting product. We recommend starting it at or after 6 months of age. Give at a mealtime. If you are concerned about the safety of Bravecto please click here.

Advantage

Prevents: fleas

advantage for dogsComes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • Fast, effective flea control
  • Almost 20 years of reliable performance
  • Wide dose range for multi-animal households

How to Use Advantage

Advantage can be used from weaning; before this treating the mother should also protect the puppies. Animals can be bathed after 48 hours, but if bathing is done frequently, some loss of effect of flea control may occur. The solvent may damage clothing and painted surfaces so take care after applying it, and avoid placing it where the animal can lick.

Frontline

frontline for dogsPrevents: fleas

Comes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • Used for tick control every two weeks if travelling to the eastern states
  • Water-fast after 48 hours
  • Wide dose range and able to treat dogs up to 60kg

How to Use Frontline

Frontline can be used from 8 weeks of age and should be applied where your dog cannot lick. May take longer than the other listed products to kill fleas. Apply fortnightly to prevent ticks.

Nexgardnexgard for dogs

Prevents: fleas

Comes as: a meaty chew given once every month.

  • Highly effective flea control
  • No restrictions on bathing, no mess
  • Also effective against ticks if travelling interstate
  • Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures

How to use Nexgard

Nexgard can be used from 8 weeks of age.

Seresto

Prevents: fleas & ticks

Comes as: an insecticide-impregnated collar.

  • Flea control for 8 months and tick control for 4 months
  • No restrictions on bathing, no mess

How to use Seresto

Seresto can be used from 7 weeks of age.

Advantix

Prevents: fleas & ticks

Comes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • Flea control for 1 month and tick prevention for 2 weeks
  • Very toxic to cats
  • May have a unique fly and mosquito repellent effect

How to use Advantix

Advantix can be used from 7 weeks of age.

3. Products To Treat Intestinal Worms

There are four important intestinal worms: roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm- read about them (and see pictures!) here.

There are many wormers available, and most do a reasonably good job. Look for two or more active ingredients including at least ‘praziquantel’ plus one other. Always worm all the adult dogs in a house at the same time.

Worming is necessary every two weeks until 12 weeks of age, then every month until 6 months old, then every three months for life. Dogs in hydatid tapeworm areas (usually rural) should be wormed every 6 weeks. It is a requirement of taking your dog to Tasmania that you provide evidence they received a praziquantel dose within 14 days of entry.

Milbemax

Prevents: intestinal worms

milbemax dog wormerComes as: tablet

  • Small tablets easily hidden in food
  • Single tablet treats up to 25kg dog
  • Highly effective worming
  • Can also be used for heartworm control if given monthly

How to Use Milbemax

Follow the schedule listed above. Do not use in dogs who may have heartworm without blood testing first. Safe in pregnant bitches.

Drontal

drontal puppy wormerPrevents: intestinal worms

Comes as: tablet, drops, flavoured chews

  • Original brand name all-wormer
  • Highly effective worming

How to Use Drontal

Follow the schedule listed above. Safe in pregnancy.

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