Worming Your Dog

One of the many problems that might affect your dog is worms. Worms are a common issue that many dogs have during one point in their life.

As a pet owner, it is your duty to look out for the signs of worms in your dog and ensure that, if your dog should have worms, you get this treated. Often owners are unaware of the pain and irritation their pet is in when it comes to worms. It is possible for an animal to appear happy on the outside, when in fact, they are in a lot of pain on the inside.

You would never want to think of your pet in pain. The notion that your dog is not as happy and content as he or she could be is upsetting. By checking for the signs of worms and doing something to treat the problem, you are acting as a responsible pet owner. Here is all you need to know about worming your dog.

Worming 101:  How To Worm Your Dog

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What Are Dog Worms?

There is not just one type of worm which may be living inside of your dog. There is a whole host of worms from heartworm to tapeworm, which might inhabit your pet. It is a horrible thought but one you, as a pet owner, need to consider.

If your dog has worms, it is so important that you get him or her treated as soon as possible. While a dog can survive with a few worms inside them, as the worm population grows they can cause serious damage to your pet. In severe circumstances, your dog could die.

You might find it shocking but some worms which affect dogs can also inhabit humans. That means that it is possible for you to catch worms from your dog. Both roundworm and tapeworm can live inside people. If you live in close quarters with your dog and they have worms, you run the risk of also getting ill.

What Causes Worms?

Dogs can get worms in many different ways, and it is difficult to protect your dog from worms. Your dog can get worms by eating worm eggs, which are outside. There is no way you can stop this from happening.

Dogs can also get worms while they are puppies. If their mother has worms while feeding them, it is possible that they get worms through the milk they drink. Many puppies get worms this way.

Fleas can harbor worms too. They are so-called worm-hosts, meaning that they may have worm eggs in them. If a dog eats a flea, he or she will get the worm egg inside the flea as well.

Preventing your dog from getting worms is difficult. You cannot watch to see whether your dog eats a flea or whether its mother had worms. It is important, then, to keep an eye on your dog for any signs of worms. The quicker you treat a worm infestation, the better it is for your dog’s health.

How Can I Treat Them?

Most people waste their veterinarian’s time when their dog gets worms by booking expensive appointments. There is no need to do this, as you can treat the problem at home. It is important that you begin treatment for your dog’s worms the moment you realize he or she has them. Worming treatments are simple and easy to use. Most worm treatments come in the form of a tablet course. You can pick up these courses from sites such as http://www.wormers.co.uk/, and they will not cost as much as you imagine.

Once your pet has finished his or her course of worming tablets, they will be back to their healthy selves again.

If the worm infestation is such that you can’t treat it, you should make an appointment with your vet immediately.  It is always better to be safe than to be sorry.

 

 

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