Can I Deworm my Puppy at Home?

At some point in time, your puppy will encounter some of the nastiest parasites they will come across in their lives. Knowing how to deal with them is essential for your puppy’s health and development. Puppies and dogs are the ideal hosts for worms and parasites as they chomp, gobble, bite, and nibble on everything they see. A lot of foreign bodies enter through their mouth, and it may cause unwanted diseases.

Parasites and worms cause different kinds of diseases, as dogs venture outside in their lives; they are susceptible to these pests. If you encounter that your dog is slowly losing weight, lost their appetite, lethargic, coughing, or vomiting, these are symptoms wherein you might want to check your puppy if they have worms. Luckily, there are many ways how to detect if your cute little puppy has worms.

What types of worms do they have?

Tapeworms, whipworms, roundworms, and hookworms infect most dogs. They live in the dog’s intestines. Vets usually ask for the dogs’ stool sample; in this way, they can detect what type of worm your dog has. By simply scooping a generous amount of stool and sealing it in a disposable container, then you may able to hand it to the vet. Once the vet has gotten a hold of the sample, they will simply check it under a microscope.

If the vet discovers what kind of worm your dog is having, they will give you some medications that will treat your dog’s problems. More so, they could just simply instruct you what to do when deworming your pet at home.

For those people who do not quite know how deworming works or they just plainly want the vets to do their job, these steps might be of big help.

How to Deworm your Puppy

Going to the vet

When you have seen/witnessed that your dog is not on its usual self, chances are they may have it. Going to the vet is an important part because they can detect whatever worms your puppy might have. This is the most important part when deworming.

Bring a stool sample of your Puppy

As stated above, it is easier for Vets to detect what kind of worms your puppy has. By simply handing them over the stool sample, most worms are not visible to the eye. However, for the most part, a microscope can easily detect them. Going to the vet is the easiest method for your dog to bet treated.

Buying deworming medication

Most veterinarians sell different kinds of medication for pets. If you are lucky enough that they are selling the medication needed for your dog, as it saves a lot of money for a separate pet store. Always ask your vet if a medical prescription is highly needed whenever you find yourself buying into another shop. The medication comes in variations, either chewable or liquid forms. Always remember that each worm needs different kinds of medication to properly treat your puppy.

Remember that these are just the basic steps. It pays to ask someone who has complete knowledge about it.

Choosing a deworming medication

Some deworming medication has harsh side effects in them, always choose the medication that offers a milder one. Always ask your vet what kind of medication is best for your dog. This will only determine the effectiveness of your dog getting dewormed. Always pick the best available deworming agent for your dog, some dewormers aren’t well-suited for puppies and might endanger their lives.

Weigh your puppy before giving him some medication

It is rightfully, so to check the puppy’s weight to administer the proper dosage needed. Once you the accurate weight, refer to the list provided by the medication as usually seen at the back part of the medication box. It is essential for your puppy to take the right dosage during deworming to fully eradicate internal parasites.

Helpful Tips

For us, pet owners, the happiness our pets bring to use makes an impact on our daily lives. Giving them proper medication is essential for their welfare and health. Deworming may not be an easy task to deal with, but it played a big role in your puppy’s health in the future. Lastly, providing them the best is the greatest thing an owner can do to their pets.

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Lovelia Horn

I’m a certified crazy dog mom, a physical therapist (for hoomans), writer, animal rescuer, and foster home provider. Together with my hubby Ryan, I’ve fostered and helped look for forever homes for over a hundred shelter dogs in the Southern Illinois area. I mostly work with Puppy Rescue 911, Inc., a certified animal rescue organization based out of Chester, IL (home of Popeye!)

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