Dogs and cats are normally born with some worms in their bodies passed on from their mommies. They either live showing no symptoms of it or suffer a lot and even die from the worms. Worms take away nutrients from your pet’s blood; if there is no longer enough left for your dog he will get weak or even die. Your beloved dog should never suffer the difficult times living with worms. Eradicating worms as soon as possible is a great way to ensure that they live long and healthy lives.
Deworming must be done carefully and not given too much to your pet since this is a chemical agent that can cause serious complications even not administered properly. Once the puppy is born he normally do not show symptoms of worms right away. The worms are normally very small at this point and they grow as the dog grows. A new born dog cannot however take worming yet since he is still very weak and does not defecate yet to release the dead worms. An approximate time of two weeks should be given to the dog in order for him to be able to withstand the process of worming. At this age they are normally susceptible because they like to lick things around them. Worming should be done every two weeks from the first worming until they reach eight to twelve weeks. So the intervals should be 2, 4, 6, 8 10 and 12 weeks old. After this you may opt to worm them every six months or as needed.
What Are The Symptoms of Worms?
Dogs who suffer have worms are normally lethargic or lacks energy. They tend to have rough coats and tend to bites their paws and try to claw or bite their butts. These dogs may have diarrhea or even bloody stools. Dogs and puppies who have worms also have the tendency to be flatulent and may have tender stomachs. They may vomit and be anemic too. Sometimes these dogs may also suffer from whizzing and coughing since they have difficulties breathing due the worms eating into their intestinal tracts. An obvious sign is a worm in the feces but normally these pests can be microscopically small that you can’t see them. You need to worm the dog even if he does not show the signs because once he shows the signs specially the weakness and the bloody stools then it might be too late for him and he may need to be confined and be give dextrose and fluids to recover or worse is he can die.
Most dogs can get these worms from so many sources that it is hard to prevent them unless proper worming is done. Preventive measures is very important so that even if the worms have just entered the body of the dog and are just larvae, they can be expelled right away.
What Are The Kinds of Worms?
Generally there are two types of worms, intestinal worms and heartworms. They are classified as such because of the place they inhabit in the pet’s body. Intestinal worms normally harrow in the intestinal tract of the pet. They cause your pet’s bottom to itch a lot. They take away nutrients directly from the intestines so instead of going to the body of the dog, they are taken in by the pests
Here are the common intestinal worms:
- Whipworms – Whipworms are worms that look like long thread-like whips. They may induce vomiting, diarrhea which may sometimes have blood in it, loss of fluids that lead to dehydration. The whipworm drinks in the blood of the pet which may lead to death and organ failure. Dogs can ingest this kind of worm from licking and stepping on soil that is contaminated with the whipworm.
- Tapeworms – These worms are normally larger and can be seen by the naked eye. They normally come along with fleas. If your pet gets any fleas, you must both get rid of the fleas and ticks and also deworm him. Making sure he is strong and healthy can help him survive this hideous pest. The tape worm drinks lots of blood and can cause severe anemia. They do not really cause internal wounds but they do take in so much nutrients away from your pet.
- Roundworms – These parasites are normally inside the puppy once they are born. They are normally passed on from the mommy dog to the pup. He may get this from drinking her milk, playing in soil with this pest and also it can go in into his nose, mouth and skin. These pests are very agile; they normally go through the vital organs and take in blood. They may cause scarring in the heart, stomach, kidneys and liver. The effect of these small worms are very devastating. The dog can get very ill and may vomit, may have terrible headaches, heart and lung diseases as well as gastro-intestinal ailments.
On the other hand we also have the heartworms. They are very deadly and painful for your dog. They normally cause coughing and whizzing. They can get transmitted from mosquito bites, fleas and ticks. Your dog will become weak and over fatigued when he gets this worm. It normally causes death if untreated.
Getting Rid of Worms
I am a firm believer of natural methods and organic ways, however sometimes worms are so microscopic that it would really be good to visit the vet to ensure that your beloved dog is worm free. A microscopic test to check the stool is important to make sure that he is clear from any worms. Dewormers are normally deadly for the worms but are safe for the pets. Humans should also go through deworming since they may pick up worms too. Keeping your house clean is one of the best ways to get rid of worms. Using safe disinfectants like baking soda and vinegar can be used to get rid of worms.
In deworming, the weight of your pet is measured to make sure of the dosage. There are liquid and tablet forms of dewormers. I personally use Nematocide, which is normally about 1ml for every kilo of weight.
I hope that you take care of your dog and that he never suffers from worms or if he ever does is cured right away.