Two very popular dog deworming options are Quad Dewormer (made by Bayer) and Safeguard Canine Dewormer.
Is there a difference between these two worming solutions for dogs?
First, the way they’re given to your dog is different.
Quad comes as a chewable treat.
Safeguard comes in fine granules that must be sprinkled on to your dog’s food.
Quad is a single dose treatment – one chewable (adjusted to your dog’s weight) provides worming treatment.
Safeguard must be given 3 days in a row for effective treatment.
Both products treat the main four parasites that affect dogs: roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.
Now let’s look at the active ingredients:
Quad: Praziquantel, Pyrantel pamoate, and Febantel
The Quad Dewormer formula is unique among dog deworming products. Safeguard contains the same single active ingredient as another popular option – Panacur C.
The Quad ingredients allows that dewormer to be a single dose treatment, while as you’d expect as they use the same formula, both Safeguard and Panacur require you to give the treatment for three days in a row.
There’s no doubt that the one-dose Quad is the most appealing option. As long as your dog will consume the chewable, you get the worming done in a day and that’s it.
If for any reason the chewable form just doesn’t work for your dog, Safeguard does provide that alternative of sprinkling the fine granules over food. But you’ll need to make sure you do it strictly for three days or your dog won’t get the whole deworming dose.
If you want a simple single worming dose in chewable form: choose the Quad Dewormer.
If you don’t mind a three day dose and your dog doesn’t like chewables, or you’re on a budget, Safeguard is still an effective deworming option.