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How to properly deworm a dog

How to properly deworm a dog

When we have a dog, we realize that we have a loyal friend who takes care of us and protects us from birth until he leaves. However, they also depend on us to be happy; they need certain care and balance to achieve good health.

That is why, as an owner, you should know how to remove all the bugs and parasites that it catches when walking through the field or eating what it should not.

In addition, deworming plays a fundamental role in the well-being of our pet since we will give it the freedom to ensure that its body is clean and it cannot catch diseases.

For this reason, we want to show you all the details of how to properly deworm a dog and the most common mistakes you should avoid.

How to know if my dog ​​has parasites?

Before you can detect them, you must first know that there are two types of parasites:

  • External parasites: In most cases, they are usually fleas, ticks, mange mites, or any other living being that lives on your dog’s skin.
  • Internal parasites: As for internal parasites, they are more complex since they are found inside the body. The most common are tapeworms and intestinal worms.

To know if your dog lives with parasites, you must take into account certain symptoms that will help you identify them:

In the case of having external parasites:

  • Need to lick or scratch constantly.
  • Fleas and ticks are often seen with the naked eye.
  • Lose more hair than usual.
  • He is more tired.

In the case of having internal parasites:

  • The appearance of diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Weight loss.
  • Irritation in the rectum when trying to calm the internal discomfort.
  • White specks in the stool.

How to deworm a dog?

It is advisable to carry out double deworming in order to protect our pet both inside and out. Today, there are pills that perform these two functions simultaneously. These tablets are responsible for eliminating the worms present in the intestines and preventing the appearance of fleas, ticks, and other mites.

There are many families who prefer to deworm their dog at two intervals of time to mitigate the minimum damage that the animal may suffer from the pill. In this case, you can opt for these methods:

1. Internal deworming

Our pets, being exposed to different parasites every time we take them out for a walk in the countryside and find some rotten food, drinking stagnant water, simply bathing in a puddle… It is important to be aware of the most frequent symptoms.

The most common internal parasites are intestinal worms (transmitted by smelling other dogs’ feces), and unfortunately, these eggs remain alive in the matter for up to 5 years.

To deworm it internally, you have several options:

  • Deworming pills.
  • Syrups.
  • Chewable pills.

The effects of these drugs are almost immediate. Therefore, in the case of having parasites, you will realize this as soon as you expel them in the next few days.

2. External deworming

This method is the one that is given the most importance. Therefore, it is much easier to find effective options to correctly deworm your dog. You can choose between:

  • Pipettes: They act by contact and are applied to your pet’s spine. Depending on the brand, it will last from one to two months.
  • Necklaces: They offer a protective layer that repels fleas and ticks. It can last between four and eight months.
  • Shampoo: It is applied to the skin and has an immediate effect. It is very common; you will find a wide variety in any store. Thus, you can choose the one that best suits your dog’s hair.
  • Spray: Its functions are similar to those of shampoo. Some are designed to prevent and others to eliminate mites.

How often is it necessary?

When we talk about external deworming, we always recommend having some antiparasitic method on hand to prevent rather than cure. In the case of using it most of the time on your skin, the frequency is usually determined by the duration of the type of dewormer that we use.

On the other hand, if we focus on internal deworming, most veterinarians advise that it be applied every 3–4 months (approximately at the beginning of each season).

Why is it important to properly deworm a dog?

One of the best ways to show your love for your dog is by taking care of his health. Parasites in a dog can cause many diseases, such as filariasis (also known as heartworm), anemia, and leishmaniasis, which end up being detrimental to their well-being.

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