How To Deworm A Dog

Most dogs get infested with worms at some point in their life, however, most develop antibodies to keep this fact of life in check.  Sometimes, though, this system can be disrupted, like when your dog is sick.  So it is very important to know how to deworm a dog.  If your dog’s immune system is compromised, parasites can take over and multiply, which can cause many health problems to your dog.  If this happens, your dog will probably display some common symptoms like diarrhea, lack of appetite, or blood in their stool.

Symptoms of Worms in DogsDogs will most often develop worms at a sensitive or stressful part of their lives, like becoming pregnant, emotional trauma, or onset of a terrible illness.  Unfortunately, there is no cure-all magical deworming medication for your dog, but there are many effective types of medications for different types of worms in dogs.  This makes it very important to get a diagnosis for your dog specifically, to choose the most effective plan for their specific situation, as all deworming drugs are designed to help with different things.  Giving your dog the wrong medication at the wrong time could actually make things worse.  It is also very important to catch a worms infection early, as later on they can be very difficult to deal with and can become life threatening to your canine pal.  Identifying worms in dogs is not very difficult, here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Coughing – A very advanced symptom usually caused by a hookworm infection
  • Vomiting – Most dogs will start throwing up on a reoccurring basis if they develop an infection, sometimes worms will also show up in the vomit
  • Diarrhea – Very common symptom, sometimes worms will also show up in the stool
  • Lethargy– Also very common with any worm infection
  • Bloating – This is commonly seen in puppies
  • Change In Appetite – Also very common, most dogs that are infected they may show a sudden increase in appetite because they are basically feeding the worms too
  • Rapid Weight Loss – From the worms stealing the dogs nutrients
  • Loss Of Luster In Their Coat
  • Itching Or Skin Irritation
  • “Scooting”  Or a dog dragging its butt across the ground is very common