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HOOKWORMS IN DOGS

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IF YOUR DOG SUFFERS FROM HOOKWORMS - TRY MY SOLUTION

If you are here because your dog has hookworms, you will want to follow my advice. This article is not going to address all the things about hookworms you can read on Wikipedia. This article is going to focus on how to treat dogs with hookworms using the safest and most effective means that the big kennels use for treating hookworms in dogs and puppies.

If your dog has worms (and most dogs do or will) you will want your vet to identify the exact kind of worms your dog has. This article is going to focus primarily on how to treat for hookworms in dogs, although the same treatment can be used for most common variety of worms in dogs.

Hookworms can be very hard to eradicate because of a contaminated environment.

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OUNCE OF PREVENTION WORTH A POUND OF CURE WITH HOOKWORMS

First, let me start by saying; hookworms that are in your dog's digestive track are easy to kill with the proper treatment. The bad part is; many hookworms are not in a dog's digestive track and these hookworms are very hard if not impossible in some cases to treat or kill. To effectively rid hookworms in dogs and puppies you have to first understand the hookworm life cycle. I'm not going to go into too much detail as you can and should read more on hookworms in dogs on Wikipedia and other sources. What I am going to do, is tell you enough so you can understand how to treat effectively hookworms in dogs and puppies.


HOOKWORMS HAVE THREE STAGES YOU NEED TO BE CONCERNED WITH

Hookworms have three basic stages; eggs, larvae, adult. Adult hookworms in dogs will lay eggs that are passed in a dog's stool. Hookworm eggs can lie dormant in the soil for many months. Eventually, the hookworm eggs hatch into larvae. Both hookworm eggs and larvae are capable of infecting your dog. The hookworm larvae penetrate the skin and then migrate through the tissue to the bloodstream where they make there way to the trachea where they are coughed up and swallowed.

Once the hookworms enter the dog's intestines, they mature into adults. So, you can treat your dog with a de-wormer and kill all the hookworm in a dog's gut, but if the environment is contaminated with hookworm eggs and larvae, you are going to continue to experience re-infection.

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HOOKWORMS CAN LIE DORMANT FOR YEARS

Another way that hookworms infect dogs and puppies is that some of the larvae that penetrate the skin, migrates to muscle tissue and becomes dormant. Therefore, you can have a dog that has never left the house and has never had worms of any kind, all of the sudden have hookworms. This is quite common with a nursing female. The hookworm larvae lies dormant in the dog's muscle tissue until hormonal changes triggers the hookworm larvae to start migrating. The same holds true for other worms that infect dogs. That is why it is very common for puppies to have worms even though the mother had been treated for hookworms prior to breeding.

Hookworms in dogs and puppies pose a huge risk as they can completely overwhelm a puppy and cause death. It is estimated that over 90% of puppies are born with worms. Therefore, it is important to begin worming puppies for hookworms and other worms early. Most breeders deworm puppies at 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, and 18 weeks and then every other month after that.

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AN OUTBREAK OF HOOKWORMS IN DOGS CAN BE TOUGH TO ERADICATE

Some years ago, while yet a novice dog owner, I received two new puppies. A noted that they had a cough. The vet said it was kennel cough and prescribed treatment. A week later, they were still coughing. I took them to another vet, he indicated the same thing as the first. Took them to a third vet, who indicated they had hookworms. As mentioned earlier, the hookworms migrate to the lungs and trachea and irritate the dog's throat causing them to cough up the worms, which then are swallowed into the stomach. So if your dog develops a cough, be on the lookout for hookworms!



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Once you administer a de-wormer, the hookworms that have reached the gut (Gut: term signifying the entire intestinal tract, including stomach, but yet too, often simply referred to as stomach), are killed. Yet, hookworm larvae that is still in the muscle tissue is unaffected by the dewormer. Hookworms will continue to migrate and find their way to the gut, and for this reason, the de-worming is done every two weeks for the first few months to kill the hookworms that have reached the stomach and before the hookworms mature enough to start laying eggs.


On the next page I'll tell you how to rid the environment of Hookworms and the best and least expensive way to treat your dogs for Hookworms

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