Worms in Puppies

Aug 20, 2012 by

Worms in Puppies

Almost all people can’t imagine spending their day without something that will keep them occupied and active. Some start to play sport or exercise, others listen to music, and others buy pets. Having a pet is considered to be a very noble and yet fun thing to do. Keeping your pet taking care of its needs, making sure it is not hungry etc., might teach you a valuable life lessons. But we must point out that, different kinds of pets need different care. If you decide to get a fish all you will need to do is get food and clear the water. Parrots on the other hand want to see people around them, food and water. A lot of different pets, usual or unusual require special care, but the most common ones are the cat and dog, and we all know what they need. Owning a dog is at least according to me the most wonderful experience you could ever have. They are faithful and good animals. The only thing they expect in return is food and hygiene. The latter one is not for their own, but for your sake. Leaving your dog dirty might get it into a lot of trouble. It can catch puppy worms for instance. We will discuss this worms problem in the following article.

Puppy worms- general data

As we explained in the introduction we are going to discuss about puppy worms in this article. So we will start by explaining that there are many different worms a dog can have. Some of them include tapeworms, hookworms, etc. All of those worms have different characteristics, some tend to live in the tissue, while others in the intestines for instance. Some worms might not cause your dog any trouble, so you might not even know they exist.  There are worms on the other hand, that might create serious complications if their number gets bigger. So if you hear yourself thinking my puppy has worms, take it to vet immediately. There is nothing worse than keeping or postponing the problem. It is advisable to take your puppy to the vet every six months because roundworms are something that any dog can easily get.


Signs of worms

So in order to prevent your puppy from catching worms you must know what the most common signs are. For starters if a dog has worms, it will have diarrhea, or a stool that is dark or even bloody. The puppy can also lose a lot of blood due to the worms, and that is why a very proper and serious care is needed, because in some cases it can be fatal. But there are different kinds of worms and we are going to explain the most common ones. Roundwarms are pale in color, and they look like spaghetti. Located in your dog’s intestine they can be 20cm long. Little puppies can get them from their mother. Tapeworms look a bit like rice and in the stool, and sometimes they can hang like eggs in the anus of the dog. There are various kinds of tapeworms, but a dog can get them mostly y eating fleas.

Treating worms

Because all these worms can cause trouble and you don’t want to say my puppy has worms, you must take it to the vet regularly. They should be treated every 4,8,12 and 16 week, depending on what the vet will recommend. In most cases you should take the puppy to the vet every two weeks until it has three months. If you find worms you will need to go through the process called deworming puppies, just to make sure it is cured.

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