A dog with worms doesn’t necessarily look unwell but they can cause real suffering and in extreme cases even death. Worms can also be transferred to people so it is really important (and in your best interests!) to treat them regularly. Worms can be picked up from other infected animals, from eating the larvae or eggs of worms found in infected faeces or grass and from eating raw meat.
Symptoms to look out for:
· Dog starts to lose weight
· Fur becomes dry and course
· Increased or decreased appetite
· Weakness and diarrhoea
· Dog will drag its bottom along the floor
· Excessive bottom cleaning
· Puppies in particular can get a pot belly
It is important to note that your dog might not show any of these symptoms and still be infected.
· Dogs should be wormed against roundworm from 2 weeks of age and adults against roundworm and tapeworm
· Help prevent tapeworm by flea treating regularly as fleas can carry tapeworm eggs
· Disinfect food and water bowls and housing with a pet safe disinfectant
· Wash your hands thoroughly before you eat
· Clean up after your pet and dispose of faeces carefully
A couple of gross facts!
· An adult worm can lay 80,000 eggs a day
· Worms can reach a huge 5m in length
Here at F-G Puppies we use Drontal Oral for our puppies from 2 weeks of age moving onto 3 monthly Drontal Plus. Drontal is the only wormer that kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in the UK and with the exception of our fussy old West Highland Terrier Hamish, who has to have his made slightly more tempting by being wrapped in a piece of ham or dollop of cream cheese, they are all more than happy to wolf down the beef flavour tablets!