Deworming is a crucial part of every pet’s life. It will help eliminate unwanted pests and parasites inside your pet’s bodies to make sure they live a happy and longer life.
Your puppy or growing dog can be a host to a number of parasites depending on their lifestyle. That’s why it is important to monitor his/her actions while paying most attention to what s/he sniffs, licks and eats.
Below is a list of the types of worms, what to look out for in case your pet does have worms, schedule for deworming and ways of preventing your pet from getting a parasite.
Types of worms
1. Hookworm – the most dangerous and can be transmitted before birth.
2. Roundworm – can be contracted when your dog encounters infected feces, sometimes found in dirt.
3. Ringworm – highly contagious caused by an active fungus on the skin. It usually looks like oval patches on dog skin.
4. Heartworm – can enter your pup through mosquito bites.
5. Coccidia – can live in your pup’s intestines when raw/undercooked meat is ingested.
6. Tapeworm – can be contracted when your pup eats a larvae from a flea or a mouse.
• unexplained weight loss
• swollen belly
New born puppies should be dewormed at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks old. Repeat at 12 and 16 weeks.
Repeat again at 6 months and 12 months.
For adult dogs, it is recommended that they are dewormed twice a year for life.
• Check with your vet to make sure your dog is free from parasites. It is also wise to ask for a prescription to prevent heartworms. This medicine should be given to your pet once a month.
• Regularly wash your hands after petting your dog and disposing of his/her waste.
• Make sure your pet is free from fleas by giving him/her anti-flea treatments that can be applied on his/her skin.