Deworming Puppies At Home
There are many rewarding and exciting moments when you decide to adopt or buy a new puppy. There are also many questions that new pet parents ask, one of those questions being: when, or if, you should deworm your puppy.It is of utmost importance you deworm your puppy throughout his life. You should make sure you follow a strict deworming schedule; puppies can contract worms while still in the womb, and are highly prone to various strains.
Are Worms Dangerous?
Worms can be extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal in both puppies and dogs. There are various strains of worms your puppy could contract, so it is important you deworm your pet on a regular basis. Your first dose of medicine will kill any existing worms in your pet, and subsequent ones will prevent him from catching them. Some strains can actually be transferred to humans, which is another convincing reason to make sure you puppy is dewormed properly.
One of the most serious forms of worm your puppy can contract is Heartworm. If your pet picks up this parasite and the ailment is treated accordingly, it is still a danger to your pet’s health due to its size. Heartworms are quite large; when they die they break down inside your pups body, which can cause blockages that can be fatal. If your pet has Heartworm be sure to discuss activity levels and proper recuperation methods with your vet, as too much exercise while healing can actually be detrimental to their health during this time.
What Are the Common Types of Worm?
There are many different types of worm. The four most common are the following:
- Roundworm (also transferrable to humans)
- Hookworm (also transferrable to humans)
When Should I Deworm My Puppy?
Your puppy should be dewormed as follows:
- Every two weeks until the puppy is 8 weeks old.
- After the 8 week mark, deworm at 12 and 14 weeks.
- After 14 weeks, deworm again at 6 months and 1 year.
- After a year you may follow an adult dog deworming schedule.
How Do I Deworm My Puppy, And Prevent Worms In The Future?
Fortunately for pet parents on a budget, there are many inexpensive deworming medications available in stores and online. Be sure to purchase one that treats and repels multiple types of worm, including Heartworm. You may need to purchase the Heartworm preventative separately, but these medications are usually cheap (many cost between $3 and $20) and they are also easy to find. You should also regularly administer a flea and tick repellent, as fleas and ticks carry worms, and can infect your pet (or you) if bitten.
Remember to buy your deworming medicine according to your pet’s weight, and keep in mind that you will have to replace the medication every 30 days – once it has passed the 30 day mark it becomes useless.
What Signs and Symptoms Should I Look For?
It is always a good idea to recognize the signs and symptoms of worms, even if you are diligent about your deworming schedule. Some things to look for include:
- Coughing (this will happen once the worms have moved to the lungs)
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss, despite eating regularly
What Else Should I Know?
It is important to maintain your deworming schedule, and you should make sure you take your puppy to see a vet regularly. Your puppy will also need vaccinations to make sure he stays healthy and happy. With a loving, caring home and his health, he is sure to thrive!