Dealing with the dog’s worm infestation

Dogs have always been considered as man’s best friends. Dogs have made a lot of difference to human’s way of life because of the limitless supply of unconditional love they give to their human family. The precautionary measures being done by a dog owner to ensure the health of the pet is therefore understandable. Nutritious food, regular grooming and opportunities to exercise are provided for the dog. Dog owners make sure that the pet is taken to the vet’s for the scheduled immunizations. In spite of these measures, dogs still do get sick.

Worms are one of the most common enemies of dog owners. Parasite infestation is common in dogs because of their lifestyle. Dog owners are aware that their pets are natural scavengers. As soon as the dog gets an opportunity, the dog will be seen not only raiding trash cans and eating spoiled food but eating feces as well. Would an owner be surprised to know that the pet has free loaders inside its intestines?

Eradicating the worm infestation of the pet would be an easy matter, what is not would be determining if the dog is infested. A dog owner can see some types of worm being excreted by the pet. Some types of worms cannot be seen by the naked eye thus a dog owner has to discern the symptoms of worm infestation. Worm infestation commonly causes vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss due to poor appetite. Aside from having a scruffy coat and a pot belied appearance, the once energetic dog will be lethargic. Treatment is imperative as severe infestation can result to the death of the dog. Treatment is necessary as worms can be transmitted to the dog’s human family.

A fecal exam or a blood test would be necessary to determine the type of worm so that the appropriate worming medication can be administered. A dog owner can always obtain over the counter medications. No doubt these medications will have an effect but it would always be safe to consult a vet.

Because dosage of animal medications are commonly based on body weight, errors with the dosage is possible so that instead of killing worms, the treatment would have dangerous effects on the pet. Also, you may be giving the pet the wrong medication. It would be much better to shell out some bucks for vet’s PF rather than lose the life of the pet.

Still wonder what to do if your dog has worms? Find out more about this and first aid for dogs at Sarah’s Dogs.