Deworming in Dogs

Deworming in Dogs - Conditions Treated, Procedure, Efficacy, Recovery, Cost, Considerations, Prevention

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Hookworms / Roundworms / Tapeworms

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Most common conditions

Hookworms / Roundworms / Tapeworms

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Deworming in Dogs - Conditions Treated, Procedure, Efficacy, Recovery, Cost, Considerations, Prevention

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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.

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.

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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.  

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Deworming Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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LoTuS pOd

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Pomeranian Sheltie Mix

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10 Years

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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.

Sept. 20, 2018

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Koko

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Daschaund

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11 Years

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Serious condition

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Mobility

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?

Sept. 6, 2018

Koko's Owner

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Blaze

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Standard Poodle

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7 Months

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Moderate condition

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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.

July 23, 2018

Blaze's Owner

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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

July 24, 2018

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Copper

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lab

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10 Weeks

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Moderate condition

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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.

July 2, 2018

Copper's Owner

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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

July 2, 2018

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Rinky

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Indian Stray

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4 Months

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Fever
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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?

Feb. 15, 2018

Rinky's Owner


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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

Feb. 15, 2018

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

May 3, 2018

Aaron E.

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Zues

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pitbull

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9 Weeks

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Critical condition

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Diarrhea

My pit puppy is 9 weeks old and took him to the vet and they gave him the parvo and distemper shot and de-wormed him. He's had diarrhea now for a week straight and it's not getting any better. I called the vet and he called him in pro-pectalin gel and it's not helping him. I've been giving him cooked chicken and Rice only. He's playing, eating, drinking, doing all puppy things, but can't get rid of the diarrhea. What am I supposed to do, I feel helpless and so tired of cleaning up squirts.

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Jet

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Australian Shepherd

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12 Weeks

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Mild condition

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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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Coco & Chaz

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Pittbull

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8 Weeks

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Lethargy
Vomiting
Loss Of Balance
Loss Of Appetite
Mucus In Stool
Blood In Stool
Loss Of Mass

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.

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Esther

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Lurcher

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15 Years

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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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Chief

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German Shepherd

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4 Months

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Vomiting
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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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