Worming the dog: How to do it

Regular worming is not only important for the health of your dog, you benefit from it too. Because roundworms and tapeworms, with which dogs are often infected, can also affect humans. Here are some tips on worming. Worming the dog: How to do it - Photo: Shutterstock / Mila Atkovska

Dogs become infected with worms relatively often. Sniffing or licking the remains of other animals can already lead to infection with worm larvae. These migrate into the dog's intestine and grow there to worms. Puppies in particular need to be dewormed frequently - it's best to talk to your vet about this.

How often do dog worms?

A worming treatment is necessary in the acute case of illness. A worm infestation can manifest itself symptomatically through a bloated stomach, large appetite, emaciation or vomiting. The fur can also become shaggy or dull. Read more about the signs in the guide: "Dog worms: symptoms and diagnosis".

However, worms often go undetected, which can seriously damage the animal's health. Hence the tip: Regularly take preventive worming treatments on your pet. How often you should do a worming treatment for the dog cannot be clearly stated. Depending on the risk of infection, treatment between four and 12 times a year is advisable. For example, deworming is recommended every two weeks in puppy age and every three months in adulthood. You can have faecal examinations carried out regularly at the vet. If there are worms in the dog droppings, the veterinarian will give you suitable preparations.

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Therapy: Worming options

Since there are different types of worms, you should also protect your dog against different types of worms. In addition to remedies for special types of worms, such as tapeworms or roundworms, there are numerous combination products available that work against several types of worms. Your veterinarian can recommend the appropriate preparation after the examination.

Most tablets or pastes can be given to your animal through food. This kills all worms in their different stages of development. However, the worming cures have no longer a preventive effect, which is why you should regularly take care of deworming your four-legged friend.

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