Did you know that most puppies are born into this world with dog worms? If their moms had a worm infestation problem that was not properly addressed, it is almost a sure thing that these worms will be transmitted to the baby still in the womb. I know that doesn’t seem fair, right? There are some things you can do to help your dog deal with the problem of dog worms, and have a healthy life.
Puppies should be de-wormed 2 weeks after they are born. After that, you should regularly maintain worm treatment for preventative measures. A roundworm larva that develops into a full grown adult worm that lays eggs usually takes a month, so a monthly treatment would greatly help the chances of your dog not having to suffer worm infestation.
Types of Dog Worms
Of course, there are many kinds of dog worms. The roundworms that look like spaghetti, and tapeworms that look like segmented flat ribbons are the most common of them (other worms would be whipworms, hookworms, heartworms). Unfortunately, these two kinds of worms are also zoonotic meaning transferrable to humans; hence extra care must be given so that we do not risk our family’s health through this.
Humans usually get worms from their dogs through improper handling of the dog and exposure to worm infested feces. You should make it a point to remove feces from your home and backyard as soon as possible to lessen the risk of this from happening. There are more reported cases of children being contaminated with worms in dogs because they are always in close contact with their pets, and also because they usually have weaker immune systems than that of adults.
That means that you can avoid worm infestation if your immune system is strong enough to fight off bacteria and infections that these internal parasites cause. The same is true for our dogs. If you want to protect your dogs, start from the inside out. Create a diet that has a high nutrient content and have a lot of vitamins to boost his autoimmune system. This will be good for his over-all health as well.
Treatments for Dog Worms
There are many products out there that can help you out in dealing with worms in dogs. Suffice it to say the more natural the ingredients the better. Look for organic supplements that aim to rectify dog worms safely. These special herbs usually also have many health functions that will really benefit your dog a lot. Opt for natural instead of synthetic medications because chemical drugs will harm your dog’s health in the long run.
Be vigilant with any behavioral and physical changes in your dog. Nausea, weight and appetite loss, diarrhea, lethargy and dry hair are symptoms of dog worms. Bring your dog to the vet immediately for an accurate diagnosis. The earlier any canine sickness is detected, the better the chances for complete recovery. Worm infestation may seem insignificant but without proper and timely treatment, it can progress to more serious health complications. Be safe and maintain vet visits regularly.
If you do all of this, you should find that your dog will never be bothered by dog worms of any type!