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Deworming Your Dog Is Really Important

Basically, all puppies will have intestinal worms. Because of this one important fact, deworming your dog or puppy is highly recommended.



All puppies should be dewormed against internal parasites aggressively - starting at about three to four weeks of age with treatments repeating about every 2 weeks again at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age.

It is also a very good idea to continue the deworming process on the puppy at least once per month until the puppy is at least 6 months old.

Rottweiler

Deworming Small Puppies

Start deworming your dog or puppy at 2 weeks of age; repeat this process again at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age. For a puppy that is at increased risk, such as an orphaned or abandoned puppy, also treat the puppy at 10 and 12 weeks of age, and then monthly until the puppy is at least 6 months old.

Afterward, use a heartworm preventive medication that is also effective against other kinds of worms such as hookworms and roundworms as prescribed by your veterinarian.

Deworming Nursing Dams

Treat the puppies momma concurrently with the puppies.

Deworming Newly Acquired Dogs

Assuming the dog is in good health, worm your dog immediately. After 2 weeks have passed, then follow all recommendations listed above.

Rottie puppy

Deworming Adult Dogs

Deworm these dogs regularly as a preventive purpose. Also monitor and eliminate parasites in your pet's environment.

Later on, as the puppy matures, it is a very good idea to put the puppy on a heartworm preventive medication that is also effective in treating hookworms, roundworms and other types of worms.

Just so you'll know, infected puppies shed roundworm and hookworm larvae continuously in their feces. Later on, if they happen to dig or play around in the same area where they pooped previously, they will reinfect themselves. It is good to know that roundworms and hookworms can be treated easily enough with a good quality dewormer.

If your puppy or dog lives in an area where exposure to various kinds of worms is very high it is a good idea to deworm your dog or puppy every three to six months throughout it's life just because. Also, it is important if your dog eats poop from ANY kind of any animal that it should also be treated for hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms as often as every three months.

There are many other kinds of worms that your dog may become infected with such as whip worms and the like. To be sure exactly what kind of worm infestation your pet has, you will need to take you dog (or a stool sample from it) to the veterinarian for a fecal exam.

If you have a puppy or dog and have not wormed it in some time please consult your veterinarian for more information about deworming your dog or perhaps follow the suggested worming schedule listed above. As always, please contact your veterinarian with any questions that you may have concerning deworming your dog.



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