What is Deworming?
Deworming is a critical procedure for a young puppy or a new dog being brought into a household to eliminate the presence of any worms within the dog’s stomach and intestines. Intestinal parasites pose a significant threat to a dog’s health, and they can easily be transferred to human family members as well. It is a general rule that all puppies need to be wormed every two weeks until they reach twelve weeks of age. Then they should receive deworming treatments once a month until six months of age. After six months of age, an adult dog should be dewormed every six months.
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Deworming Procedure in Dogs
There are many brands and types of deworming products, and most are administered orally in tablet or liquid form. Dewormers are available both commercially and through veterinary prescription. Choosing the right dewormer and the correct dose is dependent on what worm the canine is infected with as well as the dog’s size, age, and current level of health. A veterinarian can help determine the right kind of dewormer to use.
Efficacy of Deworming in Dogs
If administered correctly, deworming will kill any worms present within a dog’s body. Puppies and dogs that are kept on a regular deworming schedule will not become infected with or suffer the symptoms associated with worms. Puppies should be dewormed at two, four, six, and twelve weeks of age, then at four, five, and six months. Adult dogs over six months of age should be given heartworm medication every month after that. Following this schedule will make the deworming process efficient.
Deworming Recovery in Dogs
After deworming, puppies can suffer some side effects such as lack of appetite, gastrointestinal upset, or vomiting. Some dewormer medications will dissolve the worms in the dog’s intestinal system, while others will paralyze them. In those instances, the paralyzed worms will detach themselves from the intestinal tissue and may eventually be found in the dog’s vomit or stool.
Cost of Deworming in Dogs
Deworming products can range from $10 to $30 per month treatments from the veterinarian to over the counter dewormers that can cost as little as $5 and as much as $60. Remember that deworming will cost more through the veterinarian due to exam fees and fecal tests. Depending on location, some animal clinics offer low-cost deworming products for those in need.
Dog Deworming Considerations
The side effects of dewormers tend to be mild. However, dogs being treated for heartworms are at risk of developing pulmonary thromboembolism, a potentially fatal condition where the worms killed off by the dewormer cause a dangerous blood clot.
Deworming Prevention in Dogs
Worm infestations cannot always be prevented. Dogs are exposed to worm infection from a variety of sources, from soil infested with parasite eggs, to contact with an infected dog’s feces, to infected fleas and mosquitos. Keeping a dog on a deworming schedule is the first line of defense against the spread of worms. Maintaining a dog’s general health by ensuring he gets a wholesome, nutritious diet and plenty of exercise will also help keep a dog resilient against parasite infections.
Deworming Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals
My dog is pooping blood and vomitting alot. Will he be okay? He has no appedite but always drinks water. Is this a normal thing after deworming? Will my puppy be okay
The bloody stool may be caused by parasitic worms dying after the administration of an anthelmintic but is very rare; other causes may be due to parvo if Mister hasn’t been vaccinated and colitis. I cannot tell you which is the cause, it would be best to speak with your Veterinarian about the possible causes after they’ve performed a physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
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Puppies may start to be vaccinated from six to eight weeks with regular vaccinations until sixteen weeks of age; if you haven’t started the vaccination process yet, speak with your Veterinarian about getting Blue vaccinated. For worms, there are many products on the market, many safe to use in puppies from six weeks of age; again, speak with your Veterinarian about these products when you go to get Blue vaccinated. Some vaccines or certain parasite products may be recommended depending on your location and the prevalence of certain diseases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
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