Dog Worming Treatments Made Easy

Keeping your dog healthy and worm free

As all dog owners will know, a dog is like a member of the family - and as such it is extremely important to look after their health and well being. Although in most cases a worm infestation will not be fatal for your dog, the significance of treating this problem should not be overlooked.

Sadly, our much loves pets can't simply tell us if they are suffering in some way or are unhappy, consequently we must take steps to ensure they are comfortable and untroubled.

Because many of the symptoms of worms aren't overly pronounced, and some dogs show no obvious symptoms at all despite having a worm infestation, applying a simple treatment every 3 months is vital.

Most dog worming treatments come in the form of a tablet or granules which can simply be sprinkled over the animal's food, while others are mixed into a tasty treat. Because of this your dog can be kept healthy and free of worms with no stress to them and minimal effort from the owner.

If worming treatment starts at an early age (the recommendation being at 2 weeks for puppies - specialist worming tablets are available) and is continued on a regular basis, a dog can remain worm free for life. This also helps to prevent the risk of worms being spread to other dogs, and also keeps your family (particularly young children) safe from potential infestation.

The main thing when it comes to deworming your dog is to not leave it too late. Although dog worms are rarely fatal, they are a great cause of stress and discomfort to a dog. Don't leave the treatment process until your dog starts showing symptoms - start deworming them immediately and make it a regular part of their routine.

Types of Worm

How worms can affect your dog

Roundworms (Ascarids) can grow up to 4 inches in length and have the appearance of a small piece of coiled up string. They live in the intestines of an animal and consume their food as it passes through the body, which can lead to weight loss and general poor condition. The larvae of the roundworms migrate to the muscles and can lay dormant for years; one common trigger for their development into full grown worms is pregnancy in bitches.

Tapeworms (Echinococcus) are flatter in appearance and segmented, with the head as the top segment. The main difference between tapeworms and roundworms is that tapeworms require an intermittent host (they are commonly passed from one carrier to another directly).

When dogs become infected with tapeworms, it is normally through coming into contact with the carcass of a rodent (or other small mammal) which has a worm infestation. The eggs of the tapeworm are transmitted via an egg filled segment of the worm becoming detached and passing out through an animals anus, they can survive for up to a year inside the faeces.

Hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum) and Whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) are far less common in the UK and consequently represent a minimal threat to dogs. The larvae grow in the ground and enter an animals body through the skin (evidence of hookworm and whipworm infestation can be seen in the form of sores on the pads of a dogs feet). These worms feed on a dog's blood and cause weakness and fatigue.

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Dog Worming

1. Dog worming is essential; almost all dogs suffer with worms at some point during their life.

2. Though it's impossible to prevent worms, dog worming treatments are inexpensive and easy to administer.


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