The worms that commonly affect dogs include heartworm, roundworm and whipworm. When your dog needs deworming, it may not be evident, but it is important to look out for the following signs:

  • – Diarrhea which may be bloody
  • – Rice or sesame seed-like segments in the dog’s faeces
  • -Weight loss
  • -Vomiting
  • – Worms in your dogs faeces
  • -Itching, this will be noticeable if your dog drags its rear end along the ground
  • -Exhaustion
  • -Loss of appetite

It is important to consult a vet, in order to get the right medication for your dog. Some of the parasites don’t die immediately, therefore you must complete the dosage prescribed in order to get your dog back to good health.

Some medicines are given orally. This may prove difficult, as the dog will not necessarily be willing to swallow it. It therefore has to be forced down. To do this, you need two people, one to hold your dog’s mouth and the other to put the pill it in. You may need to hold your dog’s mouth shut, to prevent spitting out the pill. This may sound a bit rough, but it is necessary if you want your dog to get well.

There are also injections given by the vet, annually. These do away with the need for monthly doses. They are more convenient as you don’t have to keep going back to the vet. However it is necessary to keep an appointment with the vet, and have the vet remind you in good time.

When it comes to monthly dosages, it is important to give the dose on the same date. This is because inconsistency will reduce the effects of the medicine.

You must deworm your dog on a regular basis, more frequently for puppies for them to remain safe and healthy dogs.