With the different types of dog worms found, it is important to make sure you put your puppy or dog on a deworming program at the start of 2 weeks old. Some worms you can not see with the naked eye, and it is important for the puppy or dog’s health to be protected against these parasites that infect their bodies sometimes.
Here are some other things you can do to help prevent worms. Try not to let your puppy or dog play with dead animals or rodents. This is where most tapeworms come from. Puppies are prone to tasting their feces matter, so make sure you discourage that, and clean up waste right away. This is the most common way for puppies and dogs to get worms. Having your dog on a flea prevention program is great, since fleas help spread tapeworms in dogs. The dog park is sometimes not the best place for your dog to hang out. Sure, he or she would love it, but some other dog owners do not have their dogs under control, and this is an easy place for other dogs to catch stuff, from digging in the dirt to jumping on and licking other dogs.
Usually, you will have to take a stool sample to your vet, and they will examine it under a microscope to see what type of worms your dog has. For heartworms, a blood test is usually required to detect heartworms. Some dogs may have a small amount of worms that pose no threat to the dog, since some dogs have different immune levels, and for some dogs, just the slightest infestation could kill them. Too many worms for any dog would be bad, and totally affect their health and well being. Your dog would have diarrhea, and their shiny coat of hair would become dull looking. Most of the nutrients your dog needs from food would be going to the worms, and your dog would lose energy and lose weight. The red blood cells would become destroyed, and the dog would become anemic.
You can find many different types of dewormers for your puppy and dog, from pet stores to online pet stores and some of the major retailers of pet products. Dewormers can come in the form of pills, liquid or injection. Make sure you understand how to do it. Each company and type of dewormer could have different directions. Most vets recommend deworming your puppy at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks old. Then follow the directions, as some medicines will be monthly, or quarterly, and even semi annually. So ask your vet which dewormer is best for you, or follow the directions closely on the dewormer product your purchase.