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HOW TO WORM YOUR DOG
One this page you will learn the most effective treatment for intestinal worms. And what the big kennels do to save lots of money.
AND SAVE LOTS OF MONEY
BEWARE! IMPROPER DOSAGES ARE DANGEROUS! The instructions provided on this page, should only be followed if you are confident in your ability to understand dosage instructions.
DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF GOING MONTHS WITHOUT WORMINGI get so many emails where people experience a host of problems with their dog and I know immediately as they explain the symptoms that their dog has worms. I am appalled at the number of people who go six months or even a year without worming their dog. Dog worms are responsible for all kind of health issues.
As always when talking health matters, I advice that you see a professional Vet, as there is no substitute for their hands on experience when dealing with various types of dog worms.
Shelia from Miami, Florida asks:
What is the best thing to use to worm my dogs with?
THIS IS THE TREATMENT I USE TO TREAT MY DOGS FOR WORMSShelia, Having a regular schedule of canine worming is absolutely a must. This is essential in keeping your dog healthy. I worm my dogs for intestinal worms one month and for heart worms the next.
For intestinal worms, I use FENBENDAZOLE the active ingredient in Panacur and Safe-Guard. It is the best treatment for canine worms and the safest according to a number of studies for many types of dog worms. Fenbendazole has been used heavily for worms since the mid 1970's for both pets and livestock. It has a fairly wide safety margin as a wormer and is said to be safe for treating pregnant dogs for worms.
Fenbendazole/Safeguard/Panacur is a broad spectrum wormer for dogs. It will work to kill a number of the most common worms that dogs may get. Yet it does not kill every kind of worm. For instance, some types of tapeworms it will not kill. That is why you should consult your vet to make sure you are treating with the right medication for the kind of worm you dog has.
IMPORTANT DOSAGE INSTRUCTIONSWhen using the Liquid Fenbendazole / Safeguard that is sold for use with Livestock, the dosage amounts and the frequency of application differs substantially from the label when worming dogs. The dosage for canine worms is also different than the paste that some may use. I do not use the paste and the dosage I describe is for the liquid Safe-Guard® 10% Suspension for Cattle and Goats de-wormer
Myself and many other kennels dose dogs at 1 ml/cc per 5 pounds of body weight for intestinal worms. That means that a dog that weighs 50 pounds would receive a dose of 10 ml/cc of de-wormer It is important to note that the same dosage is given three days in a row.
Why the difference in dosage of de-wormer for dogs? A dog has a much shorter intestinal tract. And therefore the de-worming medication is expelled through the dog's system faster than other animals. This means that a heavier dose is needed to produce results when treating a dog for worms.
WARNING! CAREFULLY MEASURE YOUR DOSAGEYou will note that the medicine is available in two sizes.
The 1000cc bottle of de-wormer will treat 33 - fifty lb dogs.
The 125cc bottle will treat 4 fifty lb dogs for the 3 days required for treatment.
It is important to know the weight of your dog and be able to be able to compute math to figure out the proper dose. If you have any doubt, enlist the help of someone else to check your math. Or, take your dog to the Vet!
I use a 20cc Syringe to measure the dose of de-wormer and shoot the de-wormer directly into the puppy's mouth. I use either a MonoJect Syringe 1cc or 3 ml Syringes with Blunt Tip Fill Needles, 100 pack for measuring the de-wormer dosage for the puppies (I buy the 3 cc syringes with needles, because I use these to administer vaccines).
THIS IS HOW TO ADMINISTER THE TREATMENTI use a 20cc/ml Syringe to measure the dose, and then squirt it into the dogs mouth. I straddle each dog while he stands and tilt his head back while prying open his mouth with the same hand. I then place the syringe toward the back of their mouth and squirt it in rapidly. A little of the dog worm medicine may fall from their mouth, but most is swallowed. I have used this technique to treat many dogs and none of the dogs have a problem when receiving their medication this way.
WARNING! DOG WORMERS ARE A POISONThere is a lot of information on the INTERNET in regards to dosage for the liquid worm medicine Safe-Guard® 10% Suspension for Cattle and Goats; so do your homework. Remember, it is a poison; it causes paralysis. So, make sure you know what you are doing before treating a dogs for worms. Again, for a pet owner I would advise going with a worm medicine designed for dogs.
Angelo from San Antonio, Texas asks: My vet says I need to worm my puppies, but Sasha (the mother) has never had worms, so why would I need to worm the puppies? it is hard for me to believe my puppies have worms.
MAKE SURE TO TREAT YOUR PUPPIES FOR WORMSI hear you Angelo. Many people wonder how it is possible for their puppies to get worms. They may have a female that is a house dog and never goes outside or comes in contact with another dog. They did the breeding with an AI, so the female was never in contact with another dog, so how could the puppies have worms?
Here is a health issue most people don't know: Almost all dogs have worms! Even house dogs, that have never been known to have been infected.
WORMS CAN LIE DORMANT FOR YEARS IN MUSCLE TISSUEThis is what happens: Worms lie dormant in muscle tissue. Because of Hormonal changes during pregnancy, the worms become active and can infect the puppies before birth. Some worms can even be transmitted through the milk. Almost all puppies are going to have worms of one kind or another.
IMPORTANT: PUPPY WORMING SCHEDULEPuppies need to be dewormed every two weeks starting at four weeks of age. Some experts recommend starting to de-worm puppies at two weeks and to de-worm puppies at weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8, and then once a month until 6 months. Thereafter, a dog should be dewormed at least every six months to maintain optimum health. If your dog is taken to parks or other public places, then they should be dewormed every other month as I do mine.
Remember that treatment for intestinal worms will not kill Heart Worms or certain types of tape worms that can infect your dog. You still have to treat your dog for these worms too.
John from St Paul asks: I just got a new Pit Bull and my vet says she has Hook Worms. I got her when she was eight weeks old and have had her for a few months now. The vet says that my yard may be contaminated with Hook Worm eggs. What should I do?
HOW TO GET RID OF HOOK WORMS
THREE WAYS THAT DOGS ARE INFECTED WITH WORMSThere are three ways in which worms are spread to dogs. One way is by being infected by the worms while puppies are in the womb. Secondly, worms that live in the intestines, lay thousands of eggs every day. Those eggs are passed in the dog's stools and contaminate the environment. When a dog licks its paws or something else with the eggs on it, the eggs are swallowed and the dog becomes infected. The third way is by direct contact with a worm. The worm lies on the soil the dog comes in contact with the worm and the worm penetrates the skin. Then the worm migrates under the skin to the lungs where the worm is coughed up by the dog and then swallowed into the intestinal tract.
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