It’s near enough impossible to completely prevent worms in dogs, however with regular and proper treatment, we can prevent them from becoming a serious health issue for our four legged friends.
The Risk of Infection
Remember, puppies are much more at risk of developing roundworm than adult dogs are. Some puppies are in fact born with the larvae already present, and some may develop it shortly after birth from their mother’s milk. Unweaned puppies aren’t likely to suffer from tapeworm, as this usually occurs in adult dogs.
Puppies and adult dogs are affected by different types of worms, and therefore the intervals in which treatments are carried out will differ slightly. From the age of just 2 weeks, puppies should be wormed every fortnight to combat against worms. Once they week the age of 12 weeks, treatment should be given at 3 monthly intervals unless advised otherwise by manufacturers or your vet.
Once your dog becomes an adult, it should be wormed quarterly whether or not symptoms are present. In some cases, your vet may recommend worming your dog at more frequent intervals, for example, if it is suffering with fleas as these carry tapeworm eggs.
One singular treatment isn’t enough to deter worms for life. Medication doesn’t remain active in the body and therefore doesn’t work as a long lasting treatment to deter worms. Worming should eventually just become part of your routine; especially making attempts to avoid your dog’s contracting fleas.
Transmission to Humans
If the possible deterioration of your dog health isn’t enough of a reminder for you, then the possibility of contracting it yourself should be. The dog roundworm Toxocara Canis is best known for damaging human health. The microscopic eggs are swallowed following contact with infected soil, and this can result in permanent eye sight damage. However, if you worm your dog regularly, you are reducing the risk completely.
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