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What is Deworming?

Deworming is an essential procedure for a young puppy or a new dog being brought into a household to eliminate the presence of any worms found internally. Parasites pose a significant threat to a dog’s health, and certain types can easily be transferred to human family members as well. It is a general rule that all puppies need to undergo deworming every two weeks until they reach twelve weeks of age. They should then receive treatments to eliminate and prevent the parasites once a month until six months of age. After six months of age, an adult dog should be prescribed a deworming every six months or according to your veterinarian’s advice.

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Deworming Procedure in Dogs

Your veterinarian can prescribe the safest products for deworming and will also know the correct dosage to be administered to your dog based on their age, body weight, and current health status. The professionals at the clinic know the products best and can recommend one that may eliminate all worms with the use of one dependable medication. In some cases, more than one worm control program is needed. For dogs with worms, the vet will suggest an injection, spot-on treatment, or ingestible product.

Efficacy of Deworming in Dogs

Proper treatment will eliminate parasites such as roundworms, often present in puppies at birth after being passed through the placenta or mother’s milk. They can quickly mature in the puppy and then be passed through the stool to contaminate the environment, which is why deworming regularly is essential. Tapeworms are contracted when a pet swallows an affected flea. Scheduled flea prevention will keep your dog safe from infection. Hookworm and heartworm are other infestations that can also be prevented when your dog is under the deworming care of the veterinarian. Your canine’s caregiver can discuss an individualized plan based on your companion’s lifestyle, taking into account factors like how much time they spend outside and whether they attend doggy daycare or frequent the park often.

Deworming Recovery in Dogs

After treatment for the elimination of larvae and mature worms, dogs and puppies can suffer some side effects which are typically mild and short-lived, such as lack of appetite, gastrointestinal upset, or vomiting. 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. 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. Product development in the scientific deworming world has brought improvements in medicine that can, in some instances, kill the worms in the larval stage.

Cost of Deworming in Dogs

Deworming products will vary in cost, depending on which treatment is needed. For example, a heartworm prevention medication can cost around $40 to $80, with price levels changing based on your dog’s weight. Medication for any type of deworming will not be prescribed without a checkup of your dog’s health. Over the counter products are available and may be found for under $20 but veterinary performed fecal tests before and after the treatment are the best way to assure that your pet is worm-free. Depending on location, some animal clinics offer low-cost deworming products for those in need.

Dog Deworming Considerations

A dog that has been dewormed is not automatically covered against re-infestation. The medication that is prescribed must be used for the treatment duration and measures will be required to clean and maintain your dog’s environment and your home. Always wash your hands after administering the deworming product and teach children the importance of hygiene as well. Keep your yard and any area your pup frequents free of dog feces by picking up after them immediately.  

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 they get a wholesome, nutritious diet and plenty of exercise will also help keep a dog resilient against parasitic infection.  

Deworming Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Millie
Maltipoo
10 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Lethargy

Medication Used

Drontal

Post Deworming Vomiting (4-5 days out) - I treated both of my dogs with vet-prescribed Drontal K9 (2 pills each) 4-5 days ago. My maltese/yorkie mix is fine, but my maltipoo, Millie, started yesterday vomiting all of her food. I thought it might be a one-time illness, but she just vomited all of her food again. Could this be caused by the Drontal this many days out, or is it most likely something else? I will be taking her to the vet tomorrow if it doesn't get better.

My dog neglected to eat his food!!!! It's almost 2 days without eating. What's the solution....?

Hi, as this was almost seven months ago, I was wondering what the resolution was? We are 4-5 days out from the same treatment and my dog just threw up her breakfast (10 hours after she ate it!)

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Stark
Mauxie
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

I have a 3 months old Mauxie (Dachshund & Maltese mix) who recently got a 5 in 1 shot, a day after he seems to be fine but yesterday he started to loose his appetite and just kept on sleeping. He vomitted a white foamy substance thrice and I heard weird stomach sounds.Is this because of his 5 in 1 shot? Thanks!

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Esther
Lurcher
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

staggering
Vomiting Staggering Rapid eye movem

15 year old lurcher. Have dewormed before no issues. This time diarrhea, vomiting, rapid eye movement, staggering. She is now recovered but still staggering a little (36 hours after medication). Has put me off ever deworming her again as she really suffered. Any ideas?

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Leslie
Border Collie
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea and vomiting

After getting vaccine 7 in 1 plus deworming for my 3 puppies . Two of puppies keep vomit and diarrhea after day 3 . My vet told me it is normal for puppies to experience it after vaccine . My puppies will be ok after 2days . Tomo Is 4th day .. my puppies seems getting serious as it lose appetite and keep vomit even drink a drop of water ... it is normal ? I’m really worried as they getting thinner and the other puppies seems barely walk . I really need the advise .

I would never give a puppy 7-1 vaccine. They don't need it. Give parvo and distemper for the first2 shots 2-3 weeks apart and then a 5way for 2 more shots.
No toy breed should be given lentos either. Touch at one time. They give the same dose to a big dog as a small dog.If very small give a half dose. I don't start giving shots until 8-9 weeks old

That sounds an awful lot like parvovirus... did you get through it?

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Gobi
Shih Tzu
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Aspiration

My puppy is 2 weeks premature and ever since she was dewormed, she can hardly hold any milk or food down without aspirating. It’s like something got blocked inside. This has been going on for 2weeks++ now. I have been back to the vet almost everyday and still no progress. She also has trouble pooping ever since. I have also been to other vets for 2nd opinions. I’m desperate for help!

That's crazy

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Dax
Presa pitbull mix
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Medication Used

Panacur

Dax is 6 weeks old. He was prescribed Panacur for hookworm and roundworm. He's been on it for 4 days with 2 days left. He is very lethargic with loss of appetite. He has not eaten since this morning. He looks for warmth. Should I continue to give him the medication? I called the vet and was told to monitor him overnight.

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Chachi
Chow Chow
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My puppy just dewormed and it is very late due to seller was irresponsible. I noticed that she is not eating alot. May I know how long does it takes until she will finish all her food on the bowl like before?

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Chico
Belgian Malinois
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I brought my dog yesterday to the vet for deworming. The vet gave a deworming tablet to my dog. But after that my dog lost his appetite, he would eat but won't finish his food. He's a belgian malinois, he's turning 3 months on the 24th of June.

I've read from this article that puppies may loss their appetite after deworming, but for how many days?

Thank you!

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Chief
German Shepherd
4 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fettuccini noodle looking thing
Vomiting

My puppy vomited up roundworms yesterday And was eating normal this morning before I took him to get dewormed, and now he doesn’t want to eat and threw up some yellow looking bile after eating a treat, is it normal for him to not want to eat after the deworming ? He is drinking his water fine but doesn’t want to be held or anything, some of his siblings had parvo, but he threw up actual worms so they didn’t think it was parvo? Help I need advice

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Coco & Chaz
Pittbull
8 Weeks
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite
Loss Of Mass
Vomiting
Mucus in stool
Loss of Balance
Lethargy
Blood In Stool

Medication Used

Dewormer
Vitamin Supp

My wife just purchased for me two red nosed pittbull pups. Whom are noticeable and extremely under weight (malnourished). The females belly was three times her body frame. And the male seemed to be very weak. Mind you they are only 8 weeks of age. I did administer dewormer to them. The female to it pretty well to be the runt of the litter however she has been pooping blood, mucus and the worms out, and the the bright side her belly have went down tremendously. The male on the other hand, he is pooping nothing but worms. Which i had to pull some out of him due to him being so weak his hind legs collapsed from under him and he just laid there. I did vaccinate them with the 5 in 1, and i am also giving them a vitamin supplement along with the taste of the wild puppy recipe. My female seems to be coming around besides the bloody poop episodes. The male i feel like is going to be a lot more work because his worms was much bigger then hers. They do encourage each other to eat but they wont start eating til like the afternoon hours and i am assuming thats probably when the “breeder” decided to offer them anything to eat, if any. I need some insight if i am going the right thing. I have a very big heart and it would hurt me if they don’t survive this.

Did both recover well

Following as well

Hey I'm curious, have you found a solution yet?

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Jet
Australian Shepherd
12 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My 12 week old puppy was just diagnosed with Giardiasis. He was given his 12 week vaccines today (leptospirosis; bordetella; 5 in 1; and strongid-pyrantel). The vet I spoke with suggested Safeguard for three days to help eradicate the infestation but, she was not clear on whether or not I should start the Safeguard today or should I wait until another day to start it?

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LoTuS pOd
Pomeranian Sheltie Mix
10 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

LoTuS pOd is 9½ yrs old and began with diarrhea which seemed to become more serious with the color changing from orange to chocolate dark brown back to orange. The orange colored stool had white spots throughout it. He had some white foamy vomit which has since stopped but his diarrhea has continued. He has been lethargic, had lost his appetite, but kept up his drinking of water. He is on his 4th day & this a.m. when I awoke it seemed as if he might have been in the final stages of death due to his in ability to lift his head & he laying instead of half sitting. Yesterday, he started to eat his on stool & scrape his bum across the floor hard, which he has never done in his 9½ yrs. His anal area & all around it is all red & raw.
This morning my sister suggested
he might have worms & I had looked it up & read pure garlic could help and I gave him that and he ate it right up & this evening after purchasing a dewormer & can food began his 3 day treatment. My question is have I waited too long, what will the side effects be, & how soon will he show that it has worked and he is getting better.

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Koko
Daschaund
11 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

mobility

Medication Used

none

Hello, I have an older dog Koko he is eleven years old and has difficulty walking. My dog Koko has a great appetite no issues there. I was wondering is it still ok to give him liquid dewormer at this age and with his mobility issues? KoKo was not able to walk at all for about 2 months we had to carry him outside to do his business and he would get angry if someone was not around him at all times. I began giving him a 1500 mg tablet of Glucosamine Chondroitin for joints and mobility health. I crushed the tablet and mixed in his feed and after about 2 weeks he began standing while eating and slowly day by day and with prayer he was taking baby steps now some days he trys to go in a run but sometimes falls over but he gets right back up and keeps going. I was just wondering would the liquid dewormer effect his mobility and cause issues that could result in him becoming imobile again? Should I still treat Koko for worms or at this age should I stop giving him Dewormer and just enjoy what time he has left with him?

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Blaze
Standard Poodle
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

When my puppy was a few months old he had a severe case of roundworms. After a couple of rounds of meds we got rid of them. Ever since then though (4 months later) he has extremely sensitive stomach even on prescription GI food. I can’t feed him treats,bones, cooked chicken, turkey or beef. Did the worms permanently destroy his GI tract? I even give him digestive enzymes and probiotics and still he has runny stools. He is extremely happy and active dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for diarrhoea in dogs which may include parasites but also may include infections, dietary intolerance, chronic poisoning, protozoal infections among other causes; I doubt that parasitic worms would cause long term issues like this but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and they may take a faecal sample for examination and may prescribe an antibiotic like metronidazole to see if there is any improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Copper
lab
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My puppy is recovering from Parvo but noticed worms in his stool today. Is it safe to worm him now? Testing neg for Parvo. Stool is smelly tan mauve in color, worms visible and alive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It should be safe to worm Copper, but since he is recovering from parvo and I don’t know if he is on any other medications it would be best to just call your Veterinarian to be on the safe side as he would be under their duty of care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rinky
Indian Stray
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Lethargy
Vomiting,

My dog (Rinky) was suffering from lethargy, tiredness and vomited repeatedly yesterday night. The vet has diagnosed Parvo disease to her. She is undergoing treatment currently for the same. She was given an IV today and the vet has said that will continue for the next 3-4 days.
As per schedule, she was supposed to be given a deworming tablet today. Is it advisable to give her a deworming tablet in this condition?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
The administration of any medication is at the discretion of the prescribing Veterinarian, I haven’t examined Rinky but if your Veterinarian believes that an anthelmintic is suitable then it is their decision to give that medication. There should be no issues with giving the medication, but contraindications should be followed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Is it necessary to not let your dog drink water after deworming?

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Mister
Not sure, maybe spitz
3 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody poop, vommit, indigestion, appedite loss.

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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations

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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Blue
Bull and Terrier
3 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Worms In Stool

Shots and worm

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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
www.akc.org/content/health/articles/puppy-shots-complete-guide/

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