Worms can infect dogs fairly easily, and worst yet, worms can be past down to a baby puppy once the mother becomes infected. This can be detrimental to the life of your puppy and its growth, so it is a good idea to stay keen on methods of removing worms, spotting their presence, and proofing your puppy of them in the future.
You will need to become familiar with different types of worms if you are going to spot their call signs. The tapeworm is fairly common, and can infect a dog simply from ingesting a single flea. Tapeworm is hard to get rid of because it burrows down deep into the intestinal tract, but they are easy to spot in the puppy’s stool sample. Your puppy will need immediate medication to treat against tapeworm.
Roundworm is another common worm that puppies may get. Roundworm infections can even spread to children, who may play in the grass with a puppy and not be careful with washing their hands. Although it is unlikely, it is still cause to worry for both the puppy and the child. Luckily you can get medication for both to help solve the problem.
The two described types of worms are the most common. Although you would think getting rid of them would be easy as a result, it often isn’t. The act of removing worms from a puppy may take two or three tries, so as to be sure that all adult worms and offspring are killed by the medication over a course of several weeks.
The best practice to use is to simply continue medication even after symptoms of worms disappear. Just because the symptoms go away doesn’t always mean that the woms are gone for good. You should continue the medication for a short period of time after the symptoms go away, as indicated by a veterinarian. The instructions on the medication may also give you a clue as to when you should stop treatment, and how to tell your puppy is cured of worms.
Some medications may not be friendly to puppies, so you should read instructions carefully. Puppies are underdeveloped and may not be able to take stronger medications that adult canines can. Some types of dogs may need to vary medication amounts, so it is best to talk to a veterinarian or pet professional in your community for further information.
If you suspect your puppy of having worms, you should act immediately. In some cases a puppy may show little to no signs at all, aside from eating more or acting slightly different. Try to stay in tune with your puppy to know when something is wrong, and respond accordingly.