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 about 6 months old.
The puppy’s stool will have to undergo microscopic examination before the veterinarian can give recommendation about the medication needed by the puppy. During the treatment process, the roundworms are not totally killed for medications only allow the puppy to remove the roundworm from its body through its stool. Treatment should be continued for at least two months for roundworm larvae may still be present inside the puppy’s intestines.
On the treatment for roundworms, homeopathy is considered to be a safe procedure. You can get rid of the roundworms in the puppies’ intestines by mixing 2 cloves of garlic with 2 teaspoons of oat barns or grated carrots. Ensure the garlic is chopped. Keep the area where the puppies do their bowel movement clean by mixing 1% of bleach with water. Through this, you can remove the roundworms’ eggs sticky outer coating. Treating the roundworm infection on your puppies can be quite a task so it is best to follow the steps of proper dog care to keep the symptoms from arising again. Regularly check your puppy’s body to see if there are changes or presence of other kinds of parasites.
Disinfect and maintain proper cleanliness of the surrounding. Never leave dog food open for a long time. Instead, dispose it if your dog doesn’t want to eat it. You can also deworm your dog during the last stages of her pregnancy to help lessen the infestation. Remember to deworm your puppy. Dispose your puppy’s feces properly and refrain from bringing your puppy to places where other dogs defecate. Remember that dog worms can also infect humans so proper puppy care and hygiene should be followed.