Deworming Your Dog

Digestive Worms

Dogs can get worms. They get worms by eating the larvae on the ground somewhere. The larvae get into the stomach and make it into the intestines. Once in the intestines, the worms attach to the intestinal walls and start to suck nutrients off of the dog. This can cause the dog to lose weight, for their coat to become dull and brittle, and the dog may also act as though his stomach hurts. The solution is to give your dog a de-wormer. There are several types of de-wormer that are aimed to kill the different types of worms. De-wormers can be a pill or a paste. You give the dog the de-wormer, and the worms should be killed, released from the intestinal walls, and come out in your dog’s poop. Be sure to pick it up and dispose of it quickly.

Heart Worms

Dogs are can get another strange type of worm. They are called heart worms. Heart worm larvae are also ingested by the dog. But instead of going to the digestive tract, these worms like the heart muscle. They make their way to the heart and start to multiply. They can get so prolific that they begin to clog the heart. Your veterinarian will run regular tests to see if your dog has gotten heart worms. If your dog is clean, then your vet will suggest putting your dog on a heart worm preventative. There are several different brands available, but they all do the same thing. They prevent heart worms from surviving in your dog. The heart worm preventatives are typically a small treat you give your dog every month.

It’s relatively simple to prevent your dog from getting worms, but you must be consistent in your treatments. Dogs that go to public parks or on trails are more likely to get worms because of increased exposure as compared to a dog that stays at home mostly.