One of the most worrying problems in your pets are both internal and external parasites, since they can pose a problem for their health but also for yours, because there are internal parasites that are housed inside your pet and that they can transmit diseases to you too.
There are five types of worms that affect a dog: hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, nematodes and heartworms. The most common are tapeworms and nematodes, which can be identified in your dog’s feces.
To prevent this from happening there are a series of preventions in addition to treatments if you have observed that your dog has already contracted intestinal worms. In this oneHOWTO article we help you prevent and treat this problem, so we recommend that you continue reading if you want to know more about how to eliminate intestinal worms in dogs.
Symptoms of pinworms in dogs
When your dog has worms, certain symptoms appear that can indicate that he definitely has this problem. Between the main symptoms of worms in dogs is it so:
- A constant itch and you can even see your dog crawl and rub the anus on the floor, in addition to nibbling on the area.
- Chronic diarrhea.
- Loss of coat shine and hair loss.
- Dilated abdomen in puppies.
- Swollen abdomen in an advanced process of infestation due to gases produced by worms.
- Weight loss due to parasites feeding on your dog’s nutrients.
- Blood in the stool. Faced with this symptom, you should take your dog to the vet as quickly as possible.
Faced with any of these symptoms, and even more so if they are persistent, it will be necessary go to the vet to examine your pet as its health could be in danger.
Treatment for pinworms in dogs
Treatment of all types of parasites consists of apply an antiparasitic, and although there are also home remedies to make this problem disappear, which we will explain later, it is always recommended visit the vet to prescribe the antiparasitic that best suits the type of parasite that has invaded your dog.
Under no circumstances is it recommended to buy an antiparasitic that has not been prescribed by a veterinarian, as there have been cases where allergies have occurred or there are problems with giving an excessive or insufficient dose to a dog.
The antiparasitics that exist are usually tablets, sprays, pipettes, oral paste or injections, but those indicated for internal intestinal parasites, such as worms, are almost always tablets since they are the most effective against this. The vet will check your dog and will most likely recommend doing a stool analysis (from their feces) to see which parasite is really affecting your pet’s intestine. Sometimes a blood test is also recommended, as there are intestinal parasites that affect other organs, such as the heart. After this, he will give the appropriate antiparasitic tablet treatment and about ten days later he will repeat it again. There will be check the dog’s feces to see if the worms have disappeared and to return to the vet to make sure that everything is normal and your dog is already out of danger. In some cases it is necessary to apply a third treatment, which will be decided by the veterinarian you go to after a correct review.
Home remedies for pinworms in dogs
As we have mentioned before, there are natural remedies whose properties can expel intestinal worms from your dog. You can give these foods to your dog until it is observed that it no longer has parasites. It is important not to overdo it and if you have any symptoms of discomfort in your dog, go to the vet. Sayings home remedies for dog worms are as follows:
- Gentian: You can use this herb to eliminate these unwanted parasites thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties because it strengthens the digestive system. For this to be effective, you will have to boil water and add a tablespoon of gentian root powder, which you can find in any herbal store. You will have to wait for it to cook for 5 minutes and then offer it to your dog twice a day for 7 days.
- Garlic: It is one of the best known home remedies to eliminate intestinal parasites, but it must be remembered that it can be toxic if administered in large quantities, so it is recommended to take a single clove of garlic, crush it and add it to some of your meals . Here we explain more about How to deworm a dog with garlic.
- Pumpkin seeds: This is a very effective remedy against roundworms. Add a small spoonful of ground raw pumpkin seeds for every 5 kg of your dog’s weight. In addition, these seeds are good for its fur so you will not have to worry, since it will in no way harm its health.
- Pineapple: This fruit is great to combat this type of problem since it eliminates worms quickly. You will not have to give too much, so a few pieces will be enough. In addition you can also offer the juice of this fruit mixed with food.
- Black walnut: This is a very bitter substance and can irritate your dog’s stomach, so it is advisable that you administer this remedy in alarming cases of intestinal worms, under the guidelines of a veterinarian and always in small quantities.
How to prevent pinworms in dogs
Intestinal parasites pose a risk to human healthas they can transmit diseases through the feces of the infected dog. In addition, the worm larvae can penetrate your skin and although it is rare it can happen, so it is important not to go barefoot at home and take great care that the stool does not have direct contact with the skin.
For prevent pinworms in dogs a series of measures that must be carried out:
- The first deworming of a puppy should be done when it reaches its first month of life. It should be dewormed both internally, with an oral tablet or paste, and externally. It must be borne in mind that pipettes cannot be applied to puppies until they are 4 or 5 months old, so the veterinarian will tell you what to do, which is usually externally deworming with a suitable spray. In this other oneHOWTO article we explain more details about when to start deworming a puppy.
- From the first deworming of your dog, you should keep track of all its deworming. You will have to deworm your furry periodically internally and externally. The veterinarian will give you the guidelines indicated for this and you must comply with them if you want to avoid these types of problems.
- You should avoid giving your dog raw organ meats, as they can carry certain intestinal parasites.
- You can do a stool test on your furry often to detect parasites as soon as possible in case they have contracted them and prevent them from spreading.
- If the dog relieves himself at home, clean them as quickly as possible since it is one of the main sources of transmission of intestinal parasites.
- Do not let your dog smell a lot or lick feces from other dogs on the street, as it could be infected if the other dog was infected, although if you comply with your dog’s deworming schedule, it does not have to be infected even if there are eggs in the feces of the other dogs.
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