The tough of internal parasites repulses you? Well, there is no need to panic because it is a matter than can be solved rapidly and without a hustle. Also, don’t be afraid of getting infected, because dog worms are specialized to parasite this species only, or cats, without passing on humans. Still, how do dogs get worms? There are many types of worms and many ways for dogs to get them. They can get them from food, water, when they lick their feet, eat grass, or even during pregnancy. Worms can stay in a latent state in the dog’s intestine, without causing any trouble. That is until something disturbs them, like a large amount of stress and the final stage of pregnancy, in the case of females, increasing the risk to infect the newborn pups.
As mentioned before, puppies can get worms from their mother because the last part of the pregnancy will wake up the larvae. This is why the veterinarian will always recommend a dog owner to do a deworming treatment on the puppy he just got, to avoid any problems. Of course, it is not a general rule for all puppies to have worms, but a bit or prevention will not hurt. Worms can be very damaging, especially on the fragile organism of a small puppy. But, if you are wondering why do puppies get worms, you should also know that they can get it by eating something off the ground when you take them outside. Worm larvae can be found in the grass and the soil, so there is a chance they may contact parasites this way. Also, external parasites, such a fleas and mosquitos are also carriers of worm eggs, this being another way for your puppy to get infected.
It is not a general rule for puppies to have worms in their poop, although this is a sign of a parasite infestation. When worms start appearing in the poop of your puppy, you need to pay an urgent visit to the vet’s office, because the infestation is rather severe. Before you notice puppy worms in stool, your dog may be lethargic, lack the desire to eat or have an excessive desire to eat, vomit, have potbellies, diarrhea, or noticing you dog scooting on the ground. All these signs should get you to think about a possible worm infestation. I was often asked by my friends “my puppy has worms, what should I do?”. I always tell them that with a simple visit to the vet, they will get treatment, which is given only once, on the spot, for their puppy’s worms. It is highly recommended to repeat this treatment every three months, as a preventive method of keeping worms at a distance.
There are home remedies that can help you get rid of your dog’s worms, but the real challenge is to make your dog eat these things. Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, mint, carrots and other vegetables, and garlic are all great remedies in the case of worms. Dogs don’t usually have these in their diet, even if all of them are healthy and won’t harm your dog. You may try to chop them and sprinkle them over your dog’s food, or to mix the food with small bits of these ingredients, as you may increase the chance of getting your dog to eat them. Personally, I prefer going to the vet and getting a deworming pill. It is cheap, small and easy to administer to my dogs, once you learn how to do it properly. You can ask your vet to show you how and deworming will be a piece of cake.