First I would like to say that I am not a Vet. Please take this information and study it first before using any info on your dogs or puppies. You can google.com or yahoo.com or even ask your Vet for more info. But please note some Vets will advise you not to go this way. I think because this will take money from them but will safe you money and still have a healthy and happy dog/puppy. I am a breeder that uses like many breeders do and have no problems with using the following info.
Heartworm prevention information
Heartworms have been the leading cause of death for many dogs that have been exposed to mosquitos that transmits this deadly disease. Most heart worm preventatives are costly and now that most states require a yearly test for heart worms before giving the meds for heart worms which add more money to make sure your dog will not have heart worms even if your dog or dogs have been on a heart worm preventative program for years, they will require the test. All this is very costly and burdensome for the dog oweners. Before using any heart worm prevention, please have your dog tested for heartworms if he/she has not been on any type of heart worm prevention meds.
Ivomec 1% injectable cattle wormer. Give it orally. Use it 1/10 of 1 cc for each 10 pounds of body weight.
You can mix with soft drink or orange juice to make it taste better for the dog.
How to treat for other worms
The cost to keep worm infestations out of your dogs may end up a lot of money if you take your dog to a vet or even if you buy from Wal Mart. I think you can safe a lot of money just by going to your feed store or going on line.
What I use is very inexpensive and a all around deworming treatment. Fenbendazole 10% it is 100% effective against all four types of canine intestinal worms. If you would by deworming medications just for deworming dogs you would be paying a lot more for them. So instead of buying dog/puppy deworming medications you can use Safe-Guard 10% suspension horse/cattle dewormer. You can use this on puppies that are 2 weeks or older dogs. You should deworm your dogs every month to keep them free of worm infestations. If you only have one dog you could share with friends the cost to buy a 1000 ml bottle that contains 100 mg per ml of the active ingredient of Fenbendazole. This is cheaper to buy on a yearly basis than any deworming medication. When you buy the dog/puppy deworming medications from Wal Mart they only treat for two may be three canine intestinal worms, so you would have to buy two types of deworming medications to do the same as buying Safe-Guard 10% suspension horse/cattle dewormer which is effective against all four types of intestinal worms.
Recommended dosage of Safe-Guard 10% Suspension(Fenbendazole) strength is 1ml which contains 100mg active ingredient per 5lbs of dog body weight. For example: 25lbs dog would receive 5ml per day for 3 days a total 3 day treatment of 15 ml. Fenbendazole is always given in three days rather than one day for adult dogs. For puppies I deworm at 2,3, 4, 6 weeks with Safe-Guard and have vet when getting their health check up at 8 weeks. I deworm my dogs around the 15th of the month and heart worm preventative on the 1st of the month. Fenbendazole - Safe Guard 10% is the same as Panacur which is one of the safest dewormers on the market today. No fasting is required and it is safe during pregnancy and lactation. Don't wait till you see worms in your dog's feces before treating them. It's better to treat and keep them worm free before they have them. If you are a breeder you should deworm before you breed her and during the last two weeks before she has her pups. Also deworm her each time you deworm your pups at 2,3,6 and 8 weeks. This will even treat and prevent giardiasis.
Parziquantel is used for the removal of tapeworms.
Dogs and Puppies over 4 weeks of age with 34mg Praziquantel.
5lbs and under - 1/2 capsule 6 to 10lbs - 1 capsule 11 to 15lbs - 1 1/2 capsules 16 to 30lbs - 2 capsules 31 to 45lbs - 3 capsules 46 to 60lbs - 4 capsules over 60lbs - 5 capsules
Monthly Dosage for Cats and Kittens over 6 weeks of age with 23mg Praziquantel
4lbs and under - 1/2 capsule 5 to 11lbs - 1 capsule over 11lbs - 1 1/2 capsules
Fish Tapes Praziquantel 34mg comes in capsule form. For lower dosage the capsules can be separated and the powder can be divided accordingly.