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Recognizing Signs of Worms
One of the easiest ways to confirm that your dog has worms is to look at its stool. It may sound gross, but it is a good idea to have a look at your pup’s poo every time he or she does a number two. Even if you don’t suspect worms, make sure that everything looks right.
Dogs can’t talk, and they can’t tell you if they’re feeling sick, but a dog’s stool can tell you a lot about their health. You can start de-worming treatment if you spot worms right away.
Worms don’t always show up in the dog’s stool. It’s not a guarantee for them not being there if you can’t see them. There is unexplained weight loss in a dog. When a dog has worms, the worms greedily “steel” nutrition from its host, so that even if your pup appears to be eating normally, he or she is not getting as many nutrients as would normally be the case. It’s worth booking a trip to the vet to see what the reason is for your dog’s weight loss, if it’s just for no apparent reason.
When your dog is coughing, there are other signs such as vomiting, lethargy, scooting across the floor, appetite changes, and a dull and dry coat. It is important to visit a vet if you suspect your pup may have worms. Bring a stool sample for analysis if you can. If you don’t know what you’re trying to treat, it can be dangerous to experiment with dewormers.
The Deworming Process
A visit to the vet’s office is the first step when it comes to your dog’s health. They can help you establish what type of worm your pup has, or if the symptoms are caused by something else, and they can recommend a suitable treatment. Some of the most effective worm medications require a prescription, which is a good reason to contact your trusted vet.
Most dewormers are given oral and will usually have a flavor to make administration easy and stress-free. Feed it the way you would any other treat, but double check. They ate it all without leaving anything behind. If you forget a daily dose or don’t take the full amount, the treatment will be useless and your dog will be in danger.
Depending on the medication used, you might have to repeat the treatment over the course of a few days, or it could be enough with only one pill.
After Deworming – What to Expect?
There are a few things to expect when you get to the post-treatment stage. It is normal for the dog to be tired and sleepy after receiving worm medication, and in most cases there is no need to worry. It’s a good idea to let your pups rest as much as they need and avoid challenging activities for a day or two. If your dog seems up for it, regular walks are okay.
You might also notice a lack of appetite, which is normal. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor if it persists for several days or if you notice other signs. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you see your vet, you can try dog food to prevent gas.
There won’t be any dead worms in your pup’s stool if you use a worm medication. They might be visible in stool and vomit if others only kill them. It is possible that your dog needs another round of medication if what is coming out is dead worms, so keep a close eye on it. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work the first time, just head back to the vet for round two if it doesn’t work again.
When in doubt and unsure of how to proceed, or when having questions or concerns regarding your pup’s post-treatment symptoms and behaviors, it’s important to consult a vet. After deworming your dog, you should use common sense for what should be considered normal and what shouldn’t. Put the vet’s phone number on the fridge, in your phone, or anywhere you can easily access it, and call if something seems off.
Deworming: intestinal parasites in dogs
Internal parasites can live in the environment for a long time. A dog can become infectious from these parasites by licking or smelling them. The parasites can be passed on to their puppies by mothers with these types of infections. External antiparasites can have an effect for weeks, but internal ones only eliminate the parasites that are present at the moment. It is necessary to deworm our dog on a regular basis.
In healthy animals, the symptoms of infections are not very apparent. In the case of puppies or animals that are immunosuppressed, they will show symptoms of a variety of diseases. The type of worm can be identified by examining a stool sample under a microscope.
Filariasis in dogs
We have already talked about filariasis in dogs on our website, and it is also known as heartworm. The filaria is a worm that lives in the pulmonary arteries and, as the disease grows, it travels towards the heart and can cause thromboembolism and pulmonary hypertension.
Symptoms of dyspnea and heart murmurs can cause the death of animals that suffer from it.
A dog is bitten by a mosquito. The parasites enter the body when the dog is bitten and migrate towards the pulmonary arteries and the right side of the heart. Micro filariae is released into the bloodstream by female filariae. If a dog is bitten by a mosquito, it can transmit the disease to another dog.
Symptoms include coughing, exercise intolerance and even loss of consciousness. Being so close to the heart can cause the death of an animal. Dead parasites can cause problems in vital organs, so treatment carries risks. Prevention is the best weapon against this type of health problem since the serious consequences of canine filariasis explain why we have to deworm our dogs internally regularly.