Maintain your dog's health with worming treatments
All dogs in the UK are at risk from worms and should be treated on a regular basis to ensure that they are happy and healthy. Although some animals do display symptoms of worm infestation, this is not always the case, so it is recommended that all dogs are treated for worms every 3 months.
The most common types of worm that affect dogs are roundworms and tapeworms, most animals being affected at some point in their lifetime. Less common forms are whipworms and hookworms, though there are treatments available for all types of infestation.
Worms can be passed from animal to animal if they come into contact, but of greater concern is the fact that they can be passed from animal to human. Children are most susceptible, the eggs being picked up from petting an animal and then using unwashed hands to eat, or even more commonly picking up eggs from a sandpit or soil outside. Once in a child's system worms can cause a variety of health concerns, sometimes even taking up residence behind the retina which can cause damage to the eyesight.
Research suggests that 70% of puppies are born with an infestation of toxocara canis worms. These can be passed on through the mother's womb and may also be present in the milk and faeces of the animal.
There are a number of products on the market which specifically cater for deworming treatment of puppies (generally administered 2 weeks after birth), and worming treatment for pregnant bitches is also recommended.
Symptons of Dog Worms
Does my dog have worms?
It is difficult to list all the symptoms of dog worms as worm infestation is the cause of much general illness and sickness in dogs. Generally speaking a dog may become run down and apathetic when suffering with dog worms.
The most common symptoms of a worm infestation are loss of vigour, a dull coat and irritation around the anus.
Another symptom which is often exhibited is a noticeable change to a dog's appetite. Dogs suffering with a worm infestation can swing between being ravenously hungry one day, and having little or no appetite the next. They may also become less discriminate about what they eat; sometimes eating rubbish or even dirt. In addition to this the animals bowel movements can become irregular, urine can be highly coloured and they may salivate excessively.
In more severe cases dogs can exhibit symptoms such as emaciation, loss of blood, vomiting and diarrhoea; extreme cases can even be fatal.
Not all animals display symptoms even if they are infected, so regular worming treatment is recommended for all animals. Some specialists claim that one 'symptom' of dog worms is simply the fact that they have not had a worming tablet or other deworming treatment in the previous six months.
Dog Worm Treatments
Treating a dog with worms
There are a wide range of products on the market for the treatment of worms in dogs, the most common being Drontal Dog Wormer, Sherley's Worming Granules and Cestem Flavoured Dog Worming Tablets. Treatments generally come in the form of dog worming tablets or dog worming granules, and are administered orally by putting them into an animal's food on a 3 month cycle.
In order to minimise the risk of spreading worms, the dog's living space should be kept clean and tidy. An animal's bed should be washed regularly, as well as keeping the area where they eat clean of any dropped food and faeces. It's also a good idea to wash your hands after contact with a dog, particularly if you will be eating yourself.
Another important element in the spread of worms is fleas. It is common for fleas to carry worm eggs from one animal to another, consequently affecting a number of animals. Because of this, it is important to check for fleas regularly to help prevent a potential worm infestation as well as the discomfort from the fleas themselves.
It is sometimes possible to see fleas on an animal, but other ways to detect them are from repeated scratching (which can lead to sores), and small black flea eggs can sometimes be seen in the fur when brushing your dog. If fleas are detected on your dog, it may be useful to treat your dog with dog worming tablets or dog worming granules at the same time as administering a treatment for the fleas themselves.
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Keeping your dog worm-free has never been easier. A range of tablets are available that can be fed to your pooch on a 3-monthly basis to pro-actively prevent them from suffering an infestation of worms.
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1. Dog worming is essential; almost all dogs suffer with worms at some point during their life.
2. Though it's impossible to prevent worms, dog worming treatments are inexpensive and easy to administer.
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