Deworming Your Dog
Just so you'll know, infected puppies shed roundworm and hookworm larvae continuously in their feces.
Later on, if they happen to dig or play in the same area where they pooped earlier, they will reinfect themselves. Roundworms and hookworms can be treated easily enough with a good quality dewormer.
If your dog lives in an area where exposure to various kinds of worms is very high it is a good idea to deworm your dog or puppy every three to six months throughout it's life.
Also, if your dog eats poop from any kind of any animal it should also be treated for hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms as often as every three months.
There are many other kinds of worms that your dog may become infected with such as whipworms and the like.
To be sure exactly what kind of worm infestation your pet has, you will need to take your pet (or a stool sample) to the veterinarian for a fecal exam.
If you have a puppy or dog and have not wormed it in some time please consult your veterinarian for more information about deworming your dog or perhaps follow the suggested worming schedule listed within this brief article.
Below is one example of a deworming schedule that we use quite frequently per Drs. Foster and Smith. As always, please contact your veterinarian with any questions that you may have concerning deworming your dog.
* Initiate treatment at 2 weeks; repeat at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age. For a puppy at increased risk, also treat at 10 and 12 weeks, and then monthly until the puppy is 6 months old. Thereafter, use a heartworm preventive medication that is also effective against hookworms and roundworms.
Deworming Nursing Dams
* Treat concurrently with pups.
Deworming Adult Dogs
* Treat regularly for prevention. Also monitor and eliminate parasites in pet's environment.
Deworming Newly Acquired Animals
* Worm immediately, after 2 weeks, and then follow above recommendations.
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