Almost all dogs have worms at some point in their lives. That’s almost as certain as Amen in church. These annoying parasites are usually not life-threatening and can be removed comparatively easily. However, worming is unavoidable and must be carried out in any case in the event of worm infestation. Because without deworming, it can happen that the animal suffers serious damage to its health. A visit to the veterinarian can be helpful here and should definitely be carried out if the clinical picture persists. However, the worm treatment can be carried out on your own and is usually not particularly complex.
How Does the Worm Infestation Become Noticeable?
Worms use the intestines as their home and settle here. As a rule, the infestation happens so quickly that it cannot be prevented. The worms only become visible to the owner in the animal’s feces. There are other signs that point to worms. This includes, for example, if the animal constantly irritates its anus. The parasites cause small tears on the anus.
This results in a permanent itching in the area that the animal naturally wants to turn off. Because of this, the dog rubs its anus on the ground. Fever and diarrhea are also important signs. Dogs react uniformly with withdrawal when they are ill. Therefore, if the animal becomes lethargic and exhibits the above symptoms, deworming may be necessary.
If the symptoms are already well advanced and the animal no longer responds to the usual commands, then a veterinarian must be consulted immediately. In this case, the dog has been suffering from worm infestation for a long time and urgently needs treatment by a professional. The veterinarian can remove the parasites from the intestine through several procedures.
In addition to the symptoms of a disease described in dogs, there are also external signs. Since the worms live in the intestines, they can be seen in the feces. It is therefore worth monitoring the animal’s bowel movements when symptoms first appear. If the droppings have white spots that move, there is usually a worm infestation.
It is important that the feces cannot be touched without gloves. If a stool sample needs to be taken, then this sample should be kept in, for example, a plastic bag with a vacuum seal. Many veterinarians offer special containers in which the droppings can be safely stored. Safe storage is important, as some worms can survive outside the intestines for long periods of time and reproduce in the feces. They can also spread to other hosts. Hand washing is therefore always necessary and should be carried out consistently.
How to React?
Deworming should never be done with home remedies. In most cases, the worms are more resistant than you might think at first glance. In addition, there are dog breeds that can react quite sensitively to various household remedies. In any case, hurry is the order of the day as soon as the symptoms are noticed. However, deworming is not a problem and in most cases very successful. First up is the trip to the vet.
This uses blood samples and fecal samples to determine which worms are involved. There is a wide range of choices available here. An exact specification allows for optimal deworming with a good product. Worming usually takes less than 24 hours. During this time, the owner needs a higher level of hygiene for the dog and for themselves. In principle, the animal should be housebroken, otherwise, all areas where it has defecated or been handed over must be carefully cleaned. Parasites can sometimes survive under very extreme conditions.
Harsh chemicals can therefore be used during cleaning. Precautions to prevent further infestation are in order. The cleaning of the kennel, but also the cuddly blankets and all other areas where the dog has a place of retreat in everyday life, is always necessary.
What Types of Worms are There?
The selection presented here is not final. There are many other species of worms, but the species presented here are among the most well-known in our hemisphere. If the worming does not work, then there is usually an infestation of an exotic species. Special methods and cures are then required to eliminate the worms in the long term. The following species are particularly common in our latitudes:
While hookworms and tapeworms are largely harmless and easily recognizable, dishworms and heartworms are not without risk to the animal. Heartworms can even cause lasting damage to dogs. This is because this species damages the arteries and heart vessels, posing a potential risk to the animal’s health. However, all species can be successfully removed from the animal’s body with specific regimens.