Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Deworming your Puppy

Parasites can reek major damage on your puppies health. Puppies usually get their first parasites while they are in their mothers womb. If the mother of the pups is not regualarly dewormed before she becomes pregnant then the puppies usually contract worms from her.
Common puppy parasites are roundworms which can be passed from mother to puppy or by eating soil or poop. Whipworms which can be contracted from soil or poop. Hookworms contracted from eating licking walking on contaminated soil. Tapeworms passed on from fleas. Roundworm and ringworm eggs can live in the soil for years.

Symptoms of Parasites

  • Pot Belly
  • Pale Gums
  • Weight Loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Poor Coat Apperance

Treatment of Puppy Parasites

Deworming medications only target the adult worms not the eggs or larve. You will have to partake in a strategic deworming plan to make sure that the puppy is totally clear of worms.
Strategic deworming involves giving the puppy deworming medicaiton at intervals. They should be dewormed at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks. After you have given the deworming medicaition you will see the worms in their poop. Make sure you dispose off this poop straight away.

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