How to Treat Worms in Dogs – Beat it Out of your Pekingese’s System

 


One of the most common health issue for dogs would be worms, thus knowing how to treat worms in dogs is a must. In general, there are 5 kinds of worms that would affect your dog which are: tapeworms, whipworms, roundworms, hookworms and heartworms. There are other kinds that are more easier to detect than the others. For instance a tapeworm, it would look like a grain of rice on your pet’s stool. On the other hand, heartworms are harder to diagnose and your infected pet would only show subtle signs until it is already very advanced.

Most Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Vomiting. Most of the time, dogs that are infected with worms often throw up. And roundworms sometimes appear in the vomit.
  • Diarrhea. Canine diarrhea and soft stools can be due to worms. Hookworms also causes your pet’s feces to have blood.
  • Coughing. Dog coughing is one of the most advanced stage symptom for heartworms.
  • Low Energy. If you notice your pet to be less active than usual and lethargic, then he may have worm infestation.
  • Pot Belly. If your pet would look like bloated or begins to look pot bellied, then he may have worms. This appearance is common in puppies who have contracted the worms from their mother.
  • Appetite Change. Roundworms causes your pet to have sudden appetite change. Other worm types also causes this as they would steal your pet’s nutrients.
  • Weight Loss. If he suddenly loses weight, then suspect worms in his system.
  • Dull Coat. A healthy, normal canine would appear to have a thick, shine coat. Otherwise, worms can be the culprit. Hair loss and rashes also indicates worms.
  • Skin Irritation/Itching. Skin irritation denotes a severe worm infestation.
  • Scooting. If you see your dog rub his bottom on the ground, this may be due to worms. However, this sign is most associated with anal gland issues.
  • Worms in Poop. Tapeworms are commonly seen in your pet’s feces, as well as in the area around his anus.

How to Treat Worms in Dogs – Beat it Out of your Pekingese’s System

How to Treat Worms in Dogs

Roundworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Dull coat
  • Weight Loss
  • Swollen Belly
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • If left untreated may result to death

Treatment:
Oral medication, a dewormer and a check up every 3-6 months is necessary. Once his treatment has started, he is most likely to be given a monthly heartworm medicine as well. Ask your vet about what dewormer to give.

Tapeworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Weight Loss
  • Itchiness in the anal area
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight Loss

Treatment:
Bring to vet immediately since a normal dewormer won’t eliminate this kind. A strong medication such as Epsiprantel or Praziquantel will be needed.

Hookworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Blood in stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Pale gums
  • Anemia
  • Weight Loss
  • Lethargic / Energy Loss
  • Skin irritation
  • If untreated, death would result

Treatment:
Usually, your pet would be given oral medications and a close monitoring for the next 3-6 months. IV therapy and blood transfusion will also be needed if the case looks bad.

Whipworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Flatulence
  • Weight Loss
  • Mucus/Blood in feces
  • Anemia
  • Diarrhea
  • Energy Loss

Treatment:
This kind of worms can only be killed with certain medications such as Febantel or Fenbendazole. The treatment course would last for 5 days and will then be repeated after 3 weeks. A monthly heartowrm medication is also expected here.

Heartworms

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Energy Loss
  • Dull Coat
  • Pot Belly
  • Has a great potential of causing death

Treatment:
Bring to your vet immediately for treatment. Most of the time your vet would give special medications that are designed to kill the Heartworms. Also, do not try to do it at home since the treatment course itself can also kill the dog, thus a professional should be the one to do it.

Each dog lover out there should know how to treat worms in dogs, or at least have an idea how to prevent it. If left untreated, these worms can cause a lot of damage in your pet’s internal organs thus leading to loss of consciousness and eventually death. If you think your pekingese has worms, take him immediately to the nearest animal clinic. Most of these worms are just easy to treat and the vet would then prescribe the meds needed to be taken by your pet. Lastly, the best way to keep your pet safe is to ensure that he has heartworm prevention treatment that would last all year round.

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