How to deworm a dog

Dogs are truly man’s best friends as these animals have provided man with unending unconditional love, protection, companionship and compassion. A dog owner’s responsibility though goes beyond providing the pet with regular meals. As a preventive measure against illnesses, dog owners make sure that the pet is provided with regular veterinary care.

Most dog owners would be concerned if the pet shows the symptoms of intestinal parasite infestation. A parasite infestation can be transmitted not only to other pets in the household but to humans as well thus eliminating these pesky parasites is very necessary. A dewormer for one type of worm will not effectively eliminate another type thus for the treatment to be effective, proper diagnosis will be necessary.

Whipworms, roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms infest more that 30% of dogs. Among these parasites, heartworm infestation is considered to be the most dangerous as it can result to the death of the dog if treatment is not promptly administered. Dogs are commonly burdened with worm infestation. Puppies are born already infested as the worms are transmitted by the dam.

Getting rid of the pesky worms is not as easy as shoving a deworming pill down the dog’s throat. A pet owner may think that the parasites were effectively eradicated with an over the counter medication but apart from being dose dependent, not all dewormers are effective against all types of intestinal worms. A dog that have had deworming treatment can be reinfested again thus the treatment must be an ongoing process.

An aggressive course of deworming treatment is necessary for puppies. Treatment must begin at 2 weeks old and repeated at 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks of age. This course of treatment ensures that the life cycle of the parasite will be stopped as the first treatment will deal with the mature worms and the next treatments will be for the worms that are yet to be hatched. Puppies and the nursing dam must be treated simultaneously. Monthly deworming medication must be administered until the dog is six months of age. When infested dogs defecate, the excrement contains larva of the parasite thus the infestations would spread easily. The risk of reinfection is very high given the dogs tendency to eat poop and to play in areas where they have previously defecated. Broad spectrum anthelmintics given every three months for the rest of the dog’s life will ensure that these pesky parasites will not affect the health and the quality of life of our beloved pets

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