Dogs as well as humans sometimes suffer from parasites inside their intestines. Parasites don't want to kill your dog; they just want to use him as a dinner plate! Intestinal parasites have been around forever and are not going away, however, it can be prevented and treated by a proper schedule. It is time to investigate when you should worm your puppies.
Where Do Worms Come From?
Parasites that get your dog infected can live on the ground up to 5 years or so. One thing to notice is that your dog should not go to the toilet in areas where kids usually play.
Worms can also be passed onto puppies from their mother before they are born or while they are suckling.
Sniffing the solid, licking themselves or their fellows can get dogs infected by parasites and worms. Raw food like meat and animals can also be causes.
Signs That Your Puppy Could Have Worms
There are some common signs based on which you can diagnose your puppies to be suffering from parasites in intestines. They are:
- Dragging their bottom across the ground
- Weakness and listlessness
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Weight loss despite a good appetite
- Abnormally swollen stomach
Common Types of Worm
There are so many types of worm that dogs can get infected by
Roundworm can be contracted through infected poo or dirty places. This parasite can cause a potbellied appearance in dogs. Common symptoms include weight loss, weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea and stunted growth.
Hookworm is among the most dangerous of all intestinal parasites. It is good to know that this parasite can be transmitted from mothers to their dogs before birth or through suckling. It can be spotted by noticing the level of your dog’s lethargy. Common symptoms might include: anemia, poor appetite and black tarlike stools containing blood.
Tapeworm can get your dog infected when he eats its larvae from a host animal, for example a flea or a mouse. You can notice tapeworm by some small symptoms, like small, rice-like segments found around his anus and in his stool.
Whipworm will find its way to your puppy’s digestive tract, causing chronic bowel inflammation. You may notice mucus in the stools and weight loss or diarrhoea.
Some other types can be coccidia, heartworm or ringworm.
At What Age to Worm Your Dog?
Puppies 4 to 12 weeks of age should be wormed every two weeks.
From age 12 weeks to 6 months puppies should be wormed monthly
From 6 months onward dogs and puppies should be wormed every 3 months.
When to Worm Your Dog?
For puppies, worming should be done at 2, 4, 6, & 8 weeks of age, then again at 12 & 16 weeks of age.
Worm again at 6 months and 1 year then worm as an adult.
Some following schedules might help in your plan for worming your dog:
- Every second week from the age of 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old.
- Then every month until they are 6 months old.
- Then every 3 months for life.
For adult dogs, we are recommending the standard here.
If your dog is a big hunter, they will need more frequent worming - you must assess the risk for your pet.
General Dog or Cat Worming: Twice a year for life.
One notice is that dogs put everything in their mouth and need worming twice a year to eliminate the parasites they will pick up.
Prevention Is the Best Treatment
The best way to worm your dog is to prevent it. Follow these simple steps to prevent parasites inside your dog’s intestines:
- Make sure you take your dog to the vet at least once a year for checking out all kinds of worms (for puppies, more than two times is preferred)
- Prevent your dog from flea, which can be done by keeping a clean environment, using flea-killing shampoo, or flea treatment if needed.
- Keep your dog away from its poop by picking up its poop right away. Usually clearing your indoor and outdoor areas, especially your dog’s places.
- Wash your hands often with soap, especially after playing with your dogs or cleaning waste, to kill most of the bacteria.
It is good to know when you should worm your dogs because parasites exist in your dog’s intestines all the time. Remember to follow some simple steps to prevent your dogs from suffering parasites.