Dog Worms – Conclusion
Worms – The Bottom Line:
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.
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.
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
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
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
8. Inspect your pet’s anus and feces to spot signs of tapeworms.
Tapeworm segments are small, white and flat, and resemble grains
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.
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.
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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