There are five types of worms that can be found in puppies. Among the five types of worms, roundworms are the most common. Roundworms are circular and tubular in shape. Generally they are 2-4 inches in size but it can grow up to 7 inches in a short period of time. There are two common types of roundworms: Toxascaris leonina and Toxacara canis.
Roundworms are parasites that are passed to the puppy in the womb through egg or larvae. They can also be passed to the puppies though the milk of the mother. Aside from this, puppies can also get roundworms if they get close to the feces of an animal with the said parasite or through the feces of their mother. Consuming prey infected with roundworms can make the puppies acquire the infection as well. The larvae moves through the liver, then to the muscles, then to the lungs and then to the puppies’ intestines where they feed on the partially digested food.
Puppies encounter difficulty in swallowing and urinating if they get infected with roundworms. You will know if your dog’s puppies are infected with roundworms if they suffer from frequent vomiting, diarrhea, dull hair, weight loss, lack of appetite, weight gain in the belly, slow growth and problems while passing stools. If roundworms are not detected on time, it can result to the puppies’ death.
If the puppy is 3 weeks old, de-worming is then required because the puppies might have been infected by roundworms because its body resistance is low. Seek the advice of the veterinarian first before starting with any treatment as it may cause side effects on puppies. The common medicines to control roundworms are Fendendaole, Pyrantel and Piperazine. The puppies can develop resistance to any infection starts when they are already … READ MORE ...