Pet Medicine: How To De-Worm Your Dog And Save On The Cost Of Pet Medicine As Well

From the desk of Sharda Baker.



Hello and welcome everyone!

This is Sharda with a pet medicine newsletter.

As with us humans our canine companions also require a good deal of health care during their lives, in fact it is recommended that you take your pet to visit a veterinarian at least 4 to 5 times a year for a general health check up.

Fortunately, these days we are lucky that certain dog illnesses that used to kill our dogs in the past can now be easily treated using newly developed technologies and pet medicine.

The only downside to this is that many veterinary services are private and very expensive meaning that some families will be unable to cover the high costs.



One example of a particular treatment that needs to be regularly given to dogs of all breeds is de-worming; because canines tend to spend a lot of time licking, biting and eating just about anything it is easy for them to infest themselves with a bad case of roundworm or tapeworm.

De-worming is probably the most common pet medicine available and is especially needed in young puppies, as the worms can affect the growth of healthy pets.

Pregnant female dogs should also be de-wormed during breeding and just after birthing, while healthy adults should receive this form of pet medicine at least 2 times a year.

Symptoms of a dog infested with worms include a substantial loss of weight, anemia, diarrhea, a lack of energy and worm segments in his/her feces. Initially the whip, tape or round worms will not have a large affect on your dog’s health, but after some time he/she will begin to loose a lot of weight, fall into depression, avoid going out and not look like healthy pets.

The treatment is very simple and involves taking a course of de-worming pills for 3 days which kills a variety of adult worms and their eggs; it can be done again after 2-weeks just to make sure that all the worms have been killed.



The best way to save your self some money on the cost of regularly bought pet medication or the price of checkups and surgery is to invest in pets insurance. There are now a range of very affordable insurance companies who specialize in pet insurance policies that offer good coverage and low premiums.

Though there are several different plans available depending on your dogs breed and health there are really only 3 standard plans.

  1. Annual policies – As the name states, these polices are usually limited to just one year of cover and have a set annual fee and premiums that don’t change.

  2. Single pot life insurance – These policies are designed to cover a pet for their entire life, though they have a set amount of money available which is gradually used up each time your dog needs to visit any pet clinics.

  3. New yearly pot life insurance - Similar to the previous policy this insurance offers life long coverage, though with this plan the amount of money that you receive each year is replenished.

When selecting a pet insurance policy for your dog it is important that you carefully consider the pros and cons of each provider and don’t only pick the cheapest one, but go for an affordable mid priced policy which is flexible to your needs.

Here are some factors that you may want to consider before you settle on one insurance provider:

  • What are the yearly payout limits? - On every policy you are entitled to a capped amount of money to pay towards any treatments for your pet, make sure that this is not less than the total that you have to pay out each month on premiums.
  • What treatments are covered? - Many pet insurance companies make a distinction between minor and major medical procedures and will either have limitations on some or exclude them completely. This is especially true for the more costly surgeries that require regular return visits or that cover the cost of regular pet medicine prescriptions.
  • Can you choose your vet? - Some insurance providers ask you to choose a veterinarian from a select list of networked businesses, if you want to stick with your family vet it may cost you extra.
  • Age limitations – As with humans the older your dog is the more expensive the price of the insurance is, find out if there are any exclusion rules for older animals.
  • Clause exclusions – Every insurance companies has a set of ‘clauses’ or exemptions contained in their fine print, these help them having to pay out for treatments that they don’t have to. The most common is the “pre-existing condition” clause that exempts certain animals that have chronic illnesses from claiming insurance to help them gain treatment.

I really hope you learned a LOT of things from today’s pet medicine newsletter.

All the best and take care