Have you ever found your dog eating something suspicious after you’ve turned your back? Dogs are obedient, friendly and loveable – but also very curious and sometimes mischievous. As the world is a dog’s playground – and food bowl – keeping track of what your dog eats is almost impossible.
By staying up to date with your dog’s worming, you get a little bit of extra peace of mind that your dog is protected against potentially harmful worms. Simple to administer and easily tolerated, worming procedures and products require minimal effort but offer a variety of benefits.
Why You Need to Worm Your Dog
How Do Dogs Get Worms?
Dogs can get worms in a number of ways. From consuming contaminated water and food to accidentally swallowing fleas, worms can be contracted fairly easily. Additionally, contact with other infected animals and their faeces can cause worms to spread – and we all know that dogs love to sniff almost everything.
By keeping a regular eye on your dog and their behaviour, you can spot worms early. Common symptoms include:
- Eggs in dog faeces
- Small worms in your dog’s faeces or around their tail and rear area
- Your dog scooting along the ground due to irritation
- An increase in appetite
Symptoms aren’t always easy to spot and are sometimes non-existent, making worming even more important.
Are Worms in Dogs Dangerous?
Worms in dogs are dangerous not only to the dog but to humans. Able to be passed onto humans, a number of worms – including hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms – can cause serious damage. In dogs, worms cause minor health problems, weight loss and behavioural issues. In some cases, and especially for puppies, worms can be life-threatening.
If passed onto humans, worms can cause a variety of problems. Healthy adult immune systems can effectively manage minor worms, but children and immunocompromised people may be susceptible to the dangers of worms.
How Often Do I Need to Worm My Dog?
At Vetwest, we’re big advocates for regular worming. We recommend that all puppies are wormed every two weeks until 12 weeks of age, then every month until six months of age. After six months of age, dogs should be wormed every three months to ensure they receive maximum protection.
Our comprehensive Caring for Your Dog guide details worming, vaccination and general care schedules to keep your dog in top shape. If you struggle to give your pet tablets, follow our tips and hints or chat with one of our veterinary team members. If you have any questions about worming your dog, simply contact your vet.
Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy
A happy and healthy dog is able to live a full, active and rewarding life. With regular worming, you help your dog stay protected against a number of harmful and irritating worms. Not only just for your dog, regular worming keeps your family protected too.
I hope you enjoyed the guest post by the lovely people over at Vetwest.
Gina & Harley