Your furry friend is always happy that you came home early from office today. He/she is excited and playing with you and following you wherever you go in the house. But do you know if their insides are happy or not? Probably not, because it isn’t easy to know if your Doggie has worms stuck to his insides just by looking at their cute puppy face.
Doggies are exposed to worm infection from multiple sources from soils to through contact with dogs faeces and infected fleas and mosquito.
Deworming is a critical procedure for a young pup or a new dog being bought into a household. Usually, all puppies need to be dewormed every two weeks until they reach twelve weeks of age. After that, deworming sessions can happen once a month until the pup reached six months of age. After six months, an adult dog should be dewormed every three to six months.
An easy way to keep track of your Deworming sessions is by maintaining the same from within DoggieTheApp. You can choose reminders as per your convenience and the Doggie's age and also save the medicines you used along with its quantity. You can also show it to your veterinary the next time you see them for their opinion.
Some deworming medications dissolve the worms in the dog’s intestinal system, while others paralyse them. In that case, the paralysed worms detach themselves from the intestinal tissue and later could be found in the pup’s poop or vomit.
If the Doggie has been infested with parasites like hookworms and roundworms, it is likely that us humans around them might get the infection as well. So it is always better to wash your hands before eating for a couple of days around deworming sessions.
Infestation of worms is not easily detectable, a lot of times, the infestation goes unnoticed and internal organs of your beloved pet friends suffer to a point where it is very difficult to return them to healthy life. Lack of deworming can lead to less absorption of nutrients, lack of proteins, and also anaemia in Doggies.
Heartworm is a dangerous worm that gets transmits even from mosquitos to Doggies. If your Doggie hasn’t had deworming done for more than 3 months, it is not advised to start with deworming right away. Because the Doggie who has infection of heartworm for long, may even get a fatal attack due to the deworming medication leading to dangerous blood clots in them. Otherwise, deworming usually has mild side effects like lack of appetite, stomach upset or vomiting.
Do remember that worm infestation cannot always be prevented. Maintaining a dog’s general health by ensuring he gets a wholesome, nutrients and exercise will also keep your pup resilient against a parasite infection. Irregular eating patterns is one of the most easy ways to detect a possible worm infestation in your Doggie. In case you order your pup's food from DoggieTheApp, there is an easy way to track his/her eating patterns by checking it in Doggie Food Tracker on the home page. a monthly digression by more than 15-20% is surely a cause for concern.
If you have not given any deworming medication to your Doggie in long time, ask your vet for advice and get him/her checked. It is important to follow the schedule for deworming suggested by your vet with year round monthly medication! But if you are following the schedule given by your vet for deworming, then you have hardly anything to worry about. Keeping a dog on a deworming schedule is the first line of defence. But if not, it’s better if you get your Doggie checked for worms once and start deworming sessions as per your Vet's suggestion.