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Puppy deworming schedule

Puppy deworming schedule

Newborn puppies are full of affection and eager to express that affection. Many express it by licking you, your children and your face. While it's wonderful to feel such love, puppies can bring parasites from their former homes. Since some worms can be transmitted to family members, including children, it is vital for their health and yours that preventive worming be started immediately.

Which worms are sensitive to puppies?

Puppies are susceptible to intestinal worms such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms, as well as heartworms.

In contrast to intestinal worms, heartworms reside in the heart of the dog.

Why are puppies susceptible to parasitic infections?

Worms are extremely susceptible to infecting puppies. They can acquire worms through their mother's milk, other adult dogs at the breeder or rescue, and their constant need to examine, sniff, and eat almost anything they encounter. Infection can also result from grooming and ingesting fleas that carry tapeworm-infected stages.

Symptoms of worms in puppies

Loss of appetite, diarrhea or poorly formed feces, vomiting, poor growth, lusterless coat, and slithering are all signs of intestinal worms in puppies (dragging the buttocks across the floor). In severe cases, puppies may occasionally appear to have a "big belly". The good news is that common worms can be easily controlled with a consistent deworming program.

Worm Treatment for Puppies

It is recommended that you deworm your puppy as soon as you obtain them. This will help maintain their health, yours and your family's. Determine from your breeder or rescue how often your puppy should be dewormed and when the last dose was administered, and continue with the same procedure.

From birth to 12 weeks of age, puppies should be dewormed every two weeks.Then every three months.

We recommend choosing a "total wormer" that treats both intestinal worms and tapeworms.

You can also ask your veterinarian for information on deworming brands and regimens; tablets, spot-on medications and collars can all help.

If you need help, your veterinarian can also demonstrate how to administer the tablets to your puppy. For example, hiding the tablets in the dog's food.

Consequences of not treating your dog adequately for worms

Poor growth, gastrointestinal distress, and the possibility of infecting human family members are all good reasons to routinely treat for intestinal worms.

Importantly, worming treatments do not prevent worms; they only kill them.

Therefore, regular deworming is critical.

Ongoing deworming for puppies and older dogs

Because puppies may inherit worms from their mothers, early deworming treatments are necessary. Puppies should be dewormed every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old, and then monthly until they are 6 months old.

When puppies reach 6 months of age, they can be switched to an "adult" deworming program. All mature dogs must be dewormed every three months for adequate protection.

To be comfortable with worms, it is always useful to know how often and when you must deworm your dog.

As a result, you can be assured that you are protecting them and your continued health. If you have concerns about your pet, you should always consult with your veterinary health team

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