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Dog Worms – Conclusion

Dog Worms – The Bottom Line:

Your veterinarian will have available for you the best kind of wormers for the particular type of parasite your pet has. Therefore, stool samples should be taken to the veterinarian for microscopic examination for the worm eggs if worms are suspected. Many veterinarians include the stool check as part of the annual health examination.

Prevention

Remove dog feces from back yards at least weekly, use the correct wormer under veterinary supervision, and have the dog’s feces checked frequently in persistent cases. Do not mix wormers and do not use any wormer if your dog is currently taking any other medication, including heartworm preventative, without consulting the veterinarian. In persistent reinfestations, some veterinarians will prescribe worming treatments on a routine basis all year long. Generally, prescription wormers will be safer and more effective (although often more expensive) than over-the-counter worm medications.

When walking the dog in a neighborhood or park, remove all feces so that the dog does not contribute to contamination of soil. Dogs that are in generally good condition may not act threatened by worm infestations and may not even show signs of having worms. However, it’s a good idea to keep your dog as worm-free as possible so that if disease or stresses do occur, the pet has greater reserves and defenses to handle the crisis.


1. Get puppies tested as early as three weeks after birth, because they’ll often already be infested with worms and will need to be treated.

2. Take your dog in for an annual exam. Ask your veterinarian to recommend broad-spectrum preventive products. The newest products protect against roundworms, heartworms, ticks and fleas.

3. Control fleas because fleas can transmit tapeworm if your dog ingests them.

4. Avoid exposing your dog to stray animals or wildlife, as they are often carriers for fleas and other parasites. Dog parks that are not well maintained are a common source of parasites.

5. Prevent your dog from eating animal carcasses, such as those of birds, rabbits and rodents. Carcasses can carry immature worms that can then mature after your dog has ingested them.

6. Prevent your dog from eating feces – his own or that of other dogs and other animals. Contact with fecal material from another animal is the most common way for a dog to get intestinal parasites.

7. Take precautions when traveling with your dog. Before you go, check with your travel agent or veterinarian about risks at your destination.

8. Inspect your pet’s anus and feces to spot signs of tapeworms. Tapeworm segments are small, white and flat, and resemble grains of rice.

9. Have a stool specimen checked by your veterinarian to be certain that your dog remains parasite-free.

Infestations can show no symptoms until triggered by stress.

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog shows any signs of illness (vomiting, diarrhea, tremors or poor coordination) after administration of worm medication.

Be sure that your dog is tested for possible worm infection before starting a prevention routine. Certain prescription drugs are effective in preventing heartworm disease as well as controlling hookworm, whipworm and roundworm, all in a monthly tablet.

When cleaning out his dog house, kennel or crate make a strong saltwater solution and put it in a spray bottle – saturate the inside of the dog house and let dry. This will help prevent worms.

Be sure that your dog is tested for possible worm infection before starting a prevention routine. Certain prescription drugs in a monthly tablet are effective in preventing heartworm disease as well as controlling hookworm, whipworm and roundworms.

Dog worms are serious business and need to be treated as soon as possible. If you’re not sure get your dog tested anyway just to be safe.

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