Worms and Parasites are the most common problems a dog may face. Several types of worms and parasites may be seen in a dog or puppy. A proper deworming schedule and dosage is necessary to control the infestation. Various worms like the round worm and hook worm compete your dog for food. This might cause severe health problems including anemia, weight loss, fur loss,diarrhea and vomiting.
Worms in puppies are most common. Especially if you have adopted one who’s mom wasn’t dewormed properly. Typically, a puppy should be dewormed every few weeks to make sure you have eliminated all worms completely. The growth phase of their life is when they are most susceptible and we should ensure we keep them free of any kind of parasites.
- Deworm puppies every 2 weeks from 2 to 8 weeks of age, then again at 12 & 16 weeks of age.
- Deworm again at 6 & 12 months of age
Dewroming Adult Dogs
Depending on your dog’s physical activity (sporting dog, hunting dog, loves to play in the woods), there might be slight changes in the schedule. Dogs who often stay outside and travel with their parents will need more frequent deworming.
- Deworm dogs every 6 months for life
Deworming Newly Acquired Dog/ Puppy
We never know what a newly adopted puppy has in him. It is important we deworm them immediately even if they show no signs of parasites/ worms. This is especially important if you have adopted a stray pup. No matter what age or breed they are, we must assume they already have parasites!
- Deworm immediately (depending on some specific medications, you might have to give 2-3 treatments)
- Give a second dewrom dose after 1 week
- Follow the ‘Deworming puppies’ schedule above
- For adults, give 3 doses one week apart and then follow the ‘Deworming adults dogs’ schedule
We hope you found this helpful. Do research on which medicines are the best for your pet or consult a good vet who will guide you through it.