How to administer deworming medication to dogs

A dog offers friendship, companionship, unconditional love, protection and empathy. Dog owners have taken a responsibility that is more than providing regular meals for the pet. Pet owners ensure the good health of the pet by providing premium quality feeds and regular veterinary checkups.

Intestinal parasites are one of the most common concerns of dog owners. A parasite infestation can be transmitted not only to other pets in the household but to humans as well thus eliminating these pesky parasites is very necessary. Correct diagnosis of the type of worm is the key to effective treatment.

One out of three dogs can be infested with different species of intestinal worms. Heartworm, another type of parasite that is found in the dog’s heart is even more deadly as by restricting the blood flow to the vital organs, this parasite can result to the death of the dog. Most dogs would be infested with worm in their lifetime. Puppies are even born with worms contracted from the mother dog.

Removing the worm infestation calls for interrupting the life cycle of the parasite thus a one-time treatment would not be enough to totally rid the dog of the worms. Over the counter worming medications may not be very effective as aside from being dose dependent, the medication chosen may not be right for the type of parasite the dog has. Considering the life cycle of worms, a one-time treatment may not totally eliminate the infestation.

An aggressive course of deworming treatment is necessary for puppies. Treatment that must be started at 2 weeks of age must be administered again when the puppy is 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks of age. This course of treatment will eradicate not only the existing worms inside the dog’s body but also the worms that will be hatched. Nursing dams must be treated alongside the puppies. Monthly deworming medication must be administered until the dog is six months of age. When infested dogs defecate, the excrement contains larva of the parasite thus the infestations would spread easily. Dogs have the inclination to eat poop and to play and dig in areas where they usually defecate thus they can easily get another parasite infestation. To prevent reinfection, dog owners must ensure that the pet has an ongoing deworming treatment by giving the dog a wide spectrum anthelmintics every three months

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