Hello my children who are now puppy parents. I’m here to answer all your deworming related prayers. Pups are the chosen explorers of the new world which means they must go around sniffing, licking, biting and playing with pretty much everything in the universe. This also means that they can become hosts to no-good worms and parasites. But it is not a burden they must bear. Dewormingness is next to godliness, like I always say.
What is deworming?
Very simply, deworming is treating your pet to get it rid of worms and parasites. The most common kind of worms your pup might host are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and an intestinal parasite known as coccidia. Dewormers, like my love, come in various forms— powders, tablets, liquids, and so on.
Word of caution
The first thing you must do though is keep your pups away from mosquitoes and fleas and keep your pet plants clean too. Don’t try DIY deworming with products off the internet. Ask your vet about what’s best for your pup. You won’t know if the medicine is working or necessary without testing. Dewormers aren’t preventive like vaccinations, your pup needs to go through a physical and stool test and be assessed before dewormers are prescribed. The vet will check out your pup and prescribe either an oral dosage or injections to poison the pests and save your pets.
When to deworm your pup
Worms can pass from mama dog to her pup so take these babies to the vet as early two-weeks old. Earlier, if they start showing signs of discomfort. The symptoms vary. You might find eggs or worms in your pup’s faeces, or he might have a particularly scratchy bum. Diarrhoea, disproportionately big stomachs, increased appetite, sudden weight loss, bloody stools are all signs to watch out for. Till they are three months of age take them every two weeks. Till six months, make it once a month and from six month onwards every three months. Even after your pup grows into an adult dog, it’s important to deworm them at least once a year.
If you still spot moving objects in your pup’s poop after deworming. Don’t just name him Noodles, go follow up with the vet. Sometimes they don’t catch em’ all. Sometimes the first dose will only kill the existing worms and you need a second dose to kill the ones that hatch later. Tapeworms are particularly difficult to test. The lab runs a Fecal Flotation test and tapeworm eggs are too heavy and often don’t float to the top. Keep a keen eye on things that look like grains of rice in your puppy’s poo. Tell your vet what you see. Also, roundworms are zoonotic so make sure you wash your hands and stuff or you’ll get them too.
Ok done! Now go out there and take those pup videos cause they grow up really fast. Bless you and your pup!
Parable: Once there was a farmer who had a beautiful little puppy. He was in love with her cute little pink paws and button nose. The farmer taught his puppy not to be scared of anything, including staircases, and she began to run around everywhere. One day he noticed worms and eggs in her faces. The farmer dismissed it with a racist joke about how his pup is eating insects and so must be Asian.
On day two he saw her rubbing her tushy on various surfaces, trying to itch itch itch. He again dismissed it with a homophobic joke about how pup might be gay. The third day he saw his puppy’s tummy grow larger and larger and her appetite increase. This time he dismissed it with a fat joke. On the fourth and fifth day puppy started losing weight and had a bad case of diarrhoea. Did he get worried? Not really!
On the sixth day, when she had bloody stools, he thought she was menstruating and avoided her. That’s when I took the puppy away from this peasant and shared with him the moral of deworming.