Puppy Care

Worming Schedule

Worms can be one of the most common and frustrating ailments of young puppies but sometimes can be the easiest to fix. Hookworms and roundworms are by far the most common. Roundworms compete with your pet for food and can cause malnutrition or intestinal obstruction. Hookworms live on intestinal blood and can cause anemia.

Deworming Guidelines

Deworming is a practice recommended by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Puppies
* Every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, starting at 2 weeks old.
* Once a month from 3 to 6 months of age
* After 6 months, follow adult recommendations. Also after six months, use a heartworm preventative medication that is effective against hookworms and roundworms.

Adult Dogs
* Treat regularly, considering potential exposure to parasites (example: four times a year)
* A continued surveillance of parasite prevalence in your area is recommended.

The first indication that a dog or cat is infected with some type of parasite is, very often, the presence of "something" in the dog's or cat's feces. If your dog or cat (or other pet) passes anything unusual in its feces, SAVE IT! Your veterinarian will usually find it more helpful to "see" what was in your pet's feces than to listen to your description of it. The best way to save such specimens is to pick them out of your pet's feces and put them into a container containing some alcohol (rubbing alcohol works fine). The alcohol will kill and preserve the specimen.

Hookworm and Roundworm Disease Transmission
Untreated dogs can contract roundworm and hookworm infections by playing in public spaces, such as sand boxes or dog runs, and from being around other animals’ waste. These common worm infections may be harmful to your dog and unknowingly spread disease to family and friends. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a national survey of shelters found that nearly 36 percent of dogs nationwide, and 52 percent of dogs from the southeast states, are capable of contaminating the environment with these worms that may potentially affect people.

People, particularly small children, may be infected through contact with contaminated feces, soil, sand, plant life or other objects. Because small children’s play habits bring them into closer contact with objects that may be contaminated by pets, and because their immune systems are not fully developed, they are more vulnerable to infection than adults.

Dogs infected with roundworms and hookworms may suffer from abdominal discomfort, vomiting, loss of appetite, severe weight loss or even sudden death. However, in most instances, dogs may be infected without showing signs of illness.

Children infected by roundworms may suffer from a condition called ocular larva migrans, which may result in permanent visual or neurological damage. Hookworms generally migrate through the skin tissue, causing inflammation in the affected areas and leaving an extremely itchy, winding red “trail.” One species of hookworm has been known to penetrate into deeper tissues and cause more serious damage to the intestine and other organs. Although the conditions are treatable, a better strategy is prevention.

Hookworm and Roundworm Disease Prevention
Taking steps now to help protect your pets and family from roundworm and hookworm infection will save you from the pain and suffering in the long run. Your veterinarian can provide you with a monthly, painless and easy-to-give medication that will keep your dog healthy. By preventing your pets from bringing diseases home, you can reduce the risks to your loved ones as well.
Before heading outside with their dogs this spring and summer, pet owners should visit their veterinarian to learn about the dangers posed by heartworms, roundworms and hookworms.

We find Evict dewormer the best product to eliminate roundworms. Click here to find information on how to order it online.

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