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Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.
I understand that you are concerned as you are hearing conflicting advice about how often to worm your puppy.
I want to make sure we are discussing the same product. You used Frontal liquid wormer with the active ingredients Febantel & Pyrantel, is that correct?
If so then you are correct in your worming schedule. The general recommendations are that puppies are wormed with a broad spectrum wormer every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age then monthly until 6 months of age then twice a year or you can choose to use a heartworm preventative that includes a wormer (like Heartgard Plus or Sentinel) monthly.
I do recommend submitting at least 2-3 fresh stool samples to your veterinarian too because there isn't one medication that covers all worms and protozoal parasites. We still need to look for unusual parasites.
If LouLou is bright, active, alert and growing and her veterinarian is not commenting that she is too thin I would not worry too much. Puppies go through many growth spurts and their musculature often fills in later after they are beyond the rapid skeletal growth phase. It is much worse to have an overweight pup as that weight will stress her joints and ligaments and lead to long term trouble.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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