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One of the health problems that badger dogs the most are parasite problems. Dogs suffer from both internal and external parasites. Out of all the parasites that affect dogs hugely, the tapeworm and the roundworm are the two most troublesome ones.
Tapeworms occur in dogs of all ages although the older dogs are more likely to get attacked by tapeworms than the younger puppies. The life cycle of the tape worm is dependent on two hosts, namely, the dog and the dog’s fleas.
So how will you understand whether your dog has tapeworm or not? There is one common way of getting to know about it. And that is noticing whether your dog is frequently licking its anal regions or not. If you see that your dog keeps on licking its anal regions all the time, chances are that he has tapeworms. Tapeworms look like tiny rice grains in feces and they can be easily spotted if your dog has them.
When you are sure that your dog has tapeworms, do not worry too much. This is not a major problem and can be easily cured. In fact, modern vets can suggest treatments for tapeworms which are really simple and do not even need fasting before the intake of the medicines. These treatments can help your dog stay healthy and without tapeworms. They are generally without any side effects but in some dogs, these medicines cause vomiting.
The tapeworm is something that generally affects adult dogs. The roundworm, however, is just the opposite. It is more common in puppies. The way in which puppies get roundworm is through fecal contamination. In fact, there are numerous puppies that are born with roundworms that get transferred to their body through the uterus of their mothers. These worms enter the unborn puppy’s body through the mother’s blood stream. They stay in an inactive state as long as they are in the mother’s tissues but as soon as they enter the puppy’s body, they get activated by the pregnancy hormones.
The only way to avoid roundworms in newborn puppies is to use a good and safe anthelmintic when the mother is pregnant. However, this medicine must be used in the early part of the pregnancy. Another thing that dog owners can do is to treat all the newborn puppies three to four days after birth and give them another dose of the de worming before they leave the kennel. No matter how many times the puppy has been de wormed prior to its coming to your house; you have to de worm it on a regular basis. De worming must be done regular, every three to four weeks until the puppy reaches the age of six months.
Once the puppy reaches adulthood, it builds up its own defenses. Usually, an adult dog does not require regular de worming sessions. However, as a responsible dog owner, you must keep on checking for roundworms regularly because they are not visible in the feces and they might attack the dog anytime.
In order to keep your dog healthy, it is best to give your dog proper de worming treatment every six months. This treatment keeps your dog healthy and happy and keeps you free from any anxiety related to worms.
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