What to expect after deworming my dog?
Dogs are curious animals and they like to explore just about everything with their mouths. Unfortunately, this often means they pick up a few undesirables along the way. Intestinal worms are common canine passengers so it’s important to stay on top of a regular worming schedule to help keep your pets healthy.
There are lots of options available when it comes to worming your dog, the most common being tablets and spot-ons. Once you’ve found the right product for your dog, giving the treatment is quite straightforward. But what happens next?
The first few hours
If you’ve given your dog a tablet, then try to make sure he has definitely swallowed it, and not squirreled it away in his cheeks to be spat out when your back is turned! As with all tablets, dogs can occasionally vomit shortly after taking the dose, and he may bring the tablet back up again. If this happens, consider asking your vet’s advice about when and how to re-worm.
The first few days
Different worming products act in different ways. Some paralyse and kill the worms, in which case you may see worms in your dog’s faeces. While this can be unpleasant, it is actually a good thing as it means the worm is no longer living inside your pet! Other wormers, such as Drontal, kill and break up the worms, so you are less likely to see whole worms in faeces, although if there are very large numbers of worms present, this is still possible. Puppies with very high numbers of worms may even vomit up worms at this point. If you are concerned about any of the signs your dog is showing, speak to your vet.
Great, you’ve wormed your dog; job done right? Unfortunately, your dog is still at risk of picking up new worm infections, so regular worming throughout his life is important to make sure you treat him for any new infestations he might pick up in the future.
Did you know…
Pinworms are highly contagious, but humans can only catch them from other humans. Rabbits and horses can be affected by their own species of pinworm, but dogs and cats aren’t affected by this parasite.
For more information on effective ways to worm your dog, click here.