Thursday, November 21, 2013

Puppies and Worms!

Puppies and worms go hand in hand but can still really freak a person out! Several types of worms can be seen in puppies and dogs: hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, and tapeworms are the most common and the best way to prevent your dog from getting them is to treat them with a de-wormer. Unfortunately there isn't just one medication that can treat all types of worms so it is important to treat your dog with different types of de-wormers based on what they have or what you are trying to prevent. With us having Cockapoo puppies we de-worm them several times while they are here with different types of pastes to try and prevent as many worms as possible, we also stress to their new owners that is important to keep up with the treatment because not all eggs/larvae may be destroyed and worms can reappear. If you have gotten a new dog or puppy it is important to take a stool sample to your vet to get it tested to determine if any eggs/larvae are present and your vet will advise you on the proper treatment. If your dog or puppy does have worms there are many pastes, liquids, and tablets that can be purchased at pet stores, online, and by your vet that will easily cure the problem. Remember, just by walking outside your pet can be re-infested with worms and parasites so it is important to use a regular preventative to keep your pet healthy and safe.
Something to be aware of, after you de-worm your puppy or dog you may later see signs of worms in their stool, this is a good thing, it means that the de-wormer is working and the worms are being removed from their systems. If you do notice 'wormy stool' it is important to clean it up immediately to avoid having your pet be re-infested and be sure to thoroughly wash your hands.