Whether your dog lives outdoors or in an apartment, he is likely to catch worms which can put his health and yours as well at risk. There are various types of worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, etc.) All capable of affecting your dog’s development: digestive problems, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Besides, a dog with worms is likely to infect an infant. So deworming your dog and choosing an effective dog dewormer is highly essential.
How to effectively deworm your dog
Check if he has symptoms
Worms are parasites that affect the health of your pet. Some suck the dog’s blood, while others cling to the intestines to collect nutrients. Many symptoms can indicate the presence of worms in your companion like worms present in the stools, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, rubbing of the back. Although these symptoms can indicate other problems as well, it is essential to consult your vet instantly, and he will take the required measures.
Choose a suitable dog dewormer
There are mainly three kinds of dewormers for dogs. The most common are oral solutions and tablets. You can inject oral treatments via an oral syringe. While the deworming tablets, owners should hide them in the dog’s bowl. In severe cases, the vet can inject your dog with a solution that will fight very effectively against worms.
How often to deworm your dog?
Almost all puppies have worms at the time of their birth, especially from their contact with their mother’s placenta. Therefore, you must deworm them very regularly during their first days. Ideally, they should be treated every two weeks from their birth for two months. From two to six months, it is best to deworm them every month. You can deworm adult dogs at least every six months. However, consult your vet since the frequency of deworming can vary from dog to another.
Can worms be transmitted to humans?
Yes, and children are the primary victims. They catch them by licking their fingers after petting a dog or in the sandboxes. Deworming your dog is a must and washing your hands very well after touching him is crucial in all cases.
What is the best dog dewormer?
There isn’t one best dog dewormer in general, the most appropriate one to your dog’s situation and symptoms is considered the best. To choose the best dog dewormer, you need to identify the type of worm. Alternatively, you can also rely on your pet’s stool, which will tell you a lot about what’s going on and what to do.
You can treat a simple parasitosis with Dewormer Dolthene, Milbemax, Drontal, Panacur, over three days. It is not too aggressive for the intestinal flora and eliminates resistant worms for up to 3 days. The worm (s) can come out the next day or only on the 3rd day. You can repeat the treatment after two weeks.
If the stools are soft, mucous, green or dull, grey with or without the presence of blood, it could be giardiasis (Giardia parasite in dogs). You can treat it with a Flagyl medication, but some side effects can result. It is best to start with Panacur Dewormer for five days; then assess the need of whether to give Flagyl or not.
If the stools of your dog are clear, liquid and can orangy, yellowish, or cream in colour, then it can be coccidiosis. In this case, do not use classic dewormers; it is necessary to treat the dog with an antibiotic of the family of Sulfonamides / Trimethoprim. You have to be careful if you have a puppy because this parasitosis can be fatal, so you need to treat it quickly.
This antibiotic treatment is for five days but often effective from 48 hours with a return to normal in the consistency of the stool.
Dog dewormer home remedies
If you choose to treat your dog against parasites with all-natural products, then here are some effective home remedies.
Garlic is extremely effective in fighting intestinal parasites but also as a preventive treatment. Mix 1/5 clove of garlic directly into your dog’s food, use it only for three days, two to three times a year.
Note that garlic is only toxic in dogs after ingestion of an amount equal to 0.5% of the animal’s weight.
Pumpkin seeds have the advantage of weakening intestinal worms and are not harmful to the animal. Grind a teaspoon each day (about five seeds) and mix the powder obtained with his food. Use it for one week. Note that you can also use pumpkin or melon seed oil. It also promotes good intestinal hygiene in dogs.
The diatomaceous earth is a powder derived from a mineral composed of rock and fossilized algae. This natural product can also treat internal parasites. Mix it a little with water, milk or yogurt, and introduce the mixture into your dog’s meal once a day for 15 to 30 days.
For the deworming of a small dog, one teaspoon is sufficient while for a dog over 23 kg, one tablespoon per day is necessary.
Clay is an excellent dewormer that you can use all year round. It is enough to dilute a little in water and give it to your dog to drink.
You can also apply it directly around your dog’s anus to prevent worms from growing there. But be careful, and make sure to rinse the clay thoroughly and change it twice a day.
Like beets, carrots promote the evacuation of worms. And that’s great because dogs usually like to eat carrots.
Each day cut a cooked carrot (or half a carrot depending on the size of your dog) into small pieces and mix them with your pet’s meal.