A survey carried out by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has shown that most UK dog owners turn to their vet rather than a pet shop for advice on worming.

A survey carried out by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has shown that most UK dog owners turn to their vet rather than a pet shop for advice on worming.
 
Over 83 per cent of owners who took part in the survey (run to promote the launch of Plerion, a chewable, flavoured wormer for dogs) said they follow their vet’s advice on worming whilst fewer than eight percent would follow the advice of their local pet shop. Furthermore, over 63 percent choose to buy wormers from their vet against 35 percent buying wormers from a pet shop or online pharmacy.
 
PlerionSurvey participants understood the importance of carrying out a regular worming programme with almost 80 percent stating that a dog should be wormed every three to four months. However, some owners cited forgetfulness as a reason for not worming their pet regularly and expressed a need for a reminder from their local vet practice.
 
Almost 85 percent of those who took part in the survey believed that not all wormers provide the same level of protection and almost 75 percent said that vet recommendation is the reason they purchase a specific brand of wormer. Ninety-four percent of owners are aware that worms can affect people as well as dogs.
 
The survey revealed that one in five owners experienced difficulty in administering a complete dose due to their dog spitting out part or the entire tablet.
 
By launching Plerion into the UK market Intervet/Schering Plough aim to reduce compliance issues. With its innovative and tasty soft chew formulation mimicking a treat, most dogs will take Plerion right out of the hand.
 
Sarah-Jane Minter, marketing manager at Intervet/Schering-Plough said: “When developing Plerion we knew it was essential to launch a product that made life easier for dog owners by being easy, and even fun, to administer as this would increase the likelihood of owners sticking to a regular worming programme. We are delighted by the feedback we are receiving from owners who report their once fussy dogs are taking the flavoured, chewable Plerion tablets as though they were treats.”
 
Plerion is available in two tablet sizes that provide a combination of Pyrantel, Praziquantel and Oxantel which gives effective treatment for the major endoparasites in a single dose including tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis, as required by the Pets Travel Scheme (PETS).
 
For further information, contact your local Intervet/Schering-Plough veterinary business manager or phone the company’s veterinary support group on 01908 685685.

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