Worming your Dog
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Not only can worms make your dog sick, some species of worms can also be transferred to humans, eek!, with children being most at risk. Adult dogs should be wormed every 3 months. Visit our Dog Shop to Buy the UKs Leading Dog Wormers
- Hookworms: Hookworms are not visible by the naked eye, therefore should be diagnosed by a vet, they infect animals from the environment. Hookworm harbors in the intestines and can also be transmitted to humans. Hookworms can affect a dog at any age. It is a small, thin worm that hooks on to the intestinal wall and sucks the blood from its victim, which cause anemia and perhaps death. Due to their sharp teeth, they also cause bleeding in the intestines. A dog infected with hookworm would experience bloody stool, anemia, weight loss, pale gums, diarrhea and low energy level. Skin irritation can be a sign of a severe infestation. Severe infections can be fatal.
- Roundworms: Reach 9-19 cm in length. This is the most common type of dog worm, which affects the intestines and causes a pot-bellied appearance, mostly in puppies. They can infect dogs by ingestion, across the placenta, or be transferred to pups through their mother’s milk. Roundworms cause a variety of clinical signs, including coughing, diarrhoea, vomiting, bowel obstruction, pneumonia, a dull coat, and a swollen abdomen. Roundworms may be found in your dog’s stool or vomit they a have a spaghetti-like appearance. If this type of infestation is not detected early and is allowed a chance to develop, a buildup of worms in the intestines can cause an obstruction which may result in death.
- Whipworms: May reach 4-7 cm in length, and can only infect dogs when worms are swallowed. Clinical signs include abdominal pain, anorexia, pale eyelids and gums, dehydration, smelly bloody diarrhoea and weight loss. Infection in adult dogs is generally not as serious as infection in puppies, which can be fatal.
- The Tapeworm: The tapeworm gets its name from its long, flat, tape-like appearance. Broken pieces of this dog worm would be found in the dog’s fecal matter, which give it a rice-like appearance. These pieces of worm, although broken, can be found (still moving) around the dog’s anus, in his stool or in his bed. Common symptoms of severe tapeworm infestation are abdominal pain, nervousness, severe itching around the anus, vomiting and weight loss. Transmission to dogs is often caused by the ingestion of infected fleas.
Symptoms to look out for include:
- Dull coat
- Weight loss
- Appetite loss
- Pot-bellied appearance
- Low energy level
Treatment for Worms
Early worm detection is important because each type of dog worm requires a different form of treatment. A wide variety of dog wormers are available including basic multi-wormers and combination medications which also help with flea control. Both palatable chews and tablets are available. Multi-wormer preparations should be given every three months to adult dogs. Pregnant or lactating bitches should be treated before mating, ten days before whelping, then two and four weeks after whelping. Pups should be de-wormed at two, four, six, eight and twelve weeks of age, then monthly until six months of age, then every three months as for adult dogs.
This information is NOT intended to replace the advice of a veterinarian, dog trainer or pet care professional.
Regular worming of all dogs, including puppies and pregnant bitches, will minimise infestation of your pet and prevent infection of humans. It is also important to maintain a hygienic environment:
- Remove faeces from litter trays and children’s sand pits and dispose of thoroughly
- Clean sleeping areas regularly
- Feed your dog quality cooked or tinned meat – no offal
- Always wash your hands after handling your pet and before eating, and remember that it is particularly important for children to be taught this
- Do not let pets lick your face
- Use a complete flea control programme
- Worm your dog every 3 months even if you think he doesn’t have them as not all worm can been seen by the naked eye
Drontal Plus dog wormer controls all roundworms and tapeworms found in the UK in a single dose. It can be given with or without food and there is no need to change the pets’ feeding regime.
ONE DOSE EVERY 3 MONTHS
Give 1 tablet per 10kg (22lbs) bodyweight. The tablets can be given directly to the dog or disguised in food. No starvation is needed before, or after treatment.
BODYWEIGHT TABLET Puppies and Small Dogs 0.5-2kg quarter 2-5kg 0.5 (half) 6-10kg 1
Medium Dogs 11-15kg 1.5 16-20kg 2 21-25kg 2.5 26-30kg 3
Large Dogs 31-35kg 3.5 36-40kg 4
For the control of Toxocara, nursing bitches should be dosed 2 weeks after giving birth and every two weeks until weaning. Puppies should be treated at 2 weeks of age and every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age. Thereafter, they should be treated at 3 month intervals.
Also Available Drontal XL for large breeds & Drontal Puppy Suspension
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