Find out why treating puppy worms the right way is so important. Parasites can make your puppy feel awful & uncomfortable, but they can also make him very sick!
Finding worms in puppies is pretty much to be expected, at least when they're very young.
Many pups are born with Roundworms (passed onto them in their momma's bloodstream or milk), and several other types of worms are transmitted by contact with external parasites.
A few intestinal worms aren't something to panic about as in the short term they're not going to do any real harm. BUT they do need to be treated to prevent complications or illness.
There are worm medications available over-the-counter but it's 'hit and miss' to use one of these.
Unless you're absolutely certain what type of worm your puppy has, you could be using something that's going to be targeting the wrong parasite.
Plus, OTC dewormers are not as effective, or often as safe, as the products your veterinarian can prescribe or administer.
Most vets will routinely treat a puppy for dog worms at the same time as giving him his puppy vaccinations.
It's not a 'one-off' treatment either, generally the dewormer will need to be given 3 times, at 2 or 3 week intervals. This is to make sure that the worms in ALL stages of development are eradicated properly.
After this, unless your pup shows symptoms of a new worm infestation, he will usually only need to be treated once a year, when he gets his annual vaccination booster shots.
There are several different proprietary medications used to treat dog worms, and your safest route is to use a product that your vet either recommends, prescribes or administers himself/herself.
Over-the-counter dewormers from chain stores are often not very effective, and can have nasty side effects.
Plus if you don't know exactly what type of worms your puppy has (and even if you DO see some worms in your pup's poop and can identify them - which is unlikely), then it's impossible to be sure you're using the right medicine.
Click on the image above left to find out more about reliable deworming medicines, and to see some recommended products.
Although not, strictly speaking, a method of treating puppy worms, prevention is key to keeping your puppy safe from all sorts of parasites.
Because worms can be spread by contact with fleas and mosquitoes, it's very important to protect your puppy from these annoying little bugs.
Using a reliable and safe flea/tick medication on a monthly basis is the best way to make sure these biting critters don't set up home on your little one!
There are lots of products to choose from and literally something for everyone.. or every pup.
Preventing heartworms isn't just important, it's absolutely critical because these worms can kill a pup or dog quite easily and by the time symptoms of an infestation show up the pet is already very sick.
Giving your pup a heartworm preventative such as Heartgard every month will keep him safe and give you peace of mind.
There are also other ways to help reduce the chances of your puppy suffering from a bout of worms.....
As some types of puppy worms are picked up by your puppy from the soil, or from eating the feces of infected animals, it's important to keep an eye on him when he's outdoors.
Discourage chewing or eating rocks, dirt or sticks and keep him on a leash when you're out and about so that he can't sniff, lick or eat another dog (or animals) feces.
And last, but most definitely not least, a puppy who is sick, whose diet is poor, or whose immune system is weak is a prime target for parasites... not to mention dangerous viruses and bacteria as well.
Keeping your puppy well fed and healthy is one of the best ways to protect him from parasites and illness. What you feed him plays a crucial role in his overall health, and choosing a premium puppy food which contains the right balance of ingredients is very important.
To help keep your puppy's digestive and immune systems in tip-top shape you can give him a natural supplement which will make sure your puppy gets ALL the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that he needs to keep his digestive system strong and clean, and support his immune function too.
Here are a couple of the very best products on the market, ones that I would recommend.....
So, to sum up.... making sure that you use a reliable and safe deworming medication on your pup when he's young, giving him a nutritious diet, protecting him from parasites and getting him regular veterinary care will give him the best chance at living life worm-free!
This short video features a vet discussing some of the basic puppy worm information with a puppy owner, and is worth watching......