Whether at a veterinary, in pharmacies or in pet stores, many dewormers are available on the market. However, not all of them offer the same protection against towards in dogs. How to sort and find the most effective ? Our responses.
Why should you deworm your dog?
Upon coming into contact with contaminated animals or a contaminated environment, your dog may develop internal parasites. Digestive worms, for example, cause various disorders such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, bloody stools, bloating, loss of vitality. These are also likely to reach vital organs (heart, lungs, etc.) Note that the puppies, elderly or weak dogs have a weaker immune system which makes them more vulnerable facing the attack of worms. You should also know that some intestinal parasites are transmissible to theman (tapeworms, roundworms) causing health problems (general damage, digestive disorders). On the other hand, by licking itself, the dog can also deposit eggs on its coat, thus promoting contamination to those around it, especially to children usually more severely affected than adults.
How do worms infest dogs?
Dog worms are extremely contagious and are transmitted through different means:
- From mother to puppy (it is therefore advisable to deworm a puppy quickly and always treat a pregnant bitch);
- Larvae present in canine droppings that the dog will lick or eat;
- Fleas which, by biting the animal, can transmit parasites to it;
- Ingestion of contaminated water or contact with dead animals (especially birds or rodents);
- Rotten meats.
What worms do dog dewormers fight against?
Some of the main types of intestinal worms that can infest dogs include:
- The cestodes or flatworms the best known of which is the tapeworm. Its flattened shape divides into several segments. Visible around the anus and at the base of the tail, they look like small grains of rice. (The species Dipylidium caninum is transmitted by the bite of a flea);
- The nematodes or roundworms the most frequent of which are Toxocara Cani and Toxascaris leonina. These parasites look like spaghetti and are sometimes found in stool or vomit;
- The hookworms adhere to the intestinal walls of the dog and feed on blood as well as tissue;
- The whipworm are distinguished by one end larger than the other. Like those mentioned above, Trichuris vulpis attaches to the intestinal walls to ingest blood. Its tough eggs make them difficult to eliminate.
What type of dewormer should you give your dog?
A dewormer, also called anthelmintic, is a drug treatment aimed at eliminating internal parasites the moment it is administered. This is why it is only effective if it is administered at regular intervals. Some dewormers fight against a particular type of parasite, while others more versatile offer a so-called multiple action. broad spectrum. Finally, very specific products can also be prescribed by your veterinarian in the presence, for example, of rarer parasites such as whipworms or heartworms. It exists three modes administration of dewormers for dogs:
- In tablets to mix in its croquettes;
- In drinkable solution via an oral syringe;
- Through injections carried out by a veterinarian in the event of significant parasitism.
What are the most effective dewormers for dogs?
First of all, you will need to consult a veterinarian if you are observing symptoms following in your dog:
- Digestive disorders (diarrhea, vomiting …);
- Loss of appetite, weakness, weight loss;
- Bloated stomach ;
- Itching in the anal area;
- Presence of worm larvae in feces.
Faced with the risks generated by parasitic worms, the prevention remains the first reflex to adopt. Thus, in a preventive context and to fight against flatworms and roundworms, dewormers recognized for their efficiency include Milbemax, Veloxa, Drontal, Panacur and Dolthène.
How often should you deworm your dog?
Many puppies are contaminated from birth through contact in particular with their mother’s placenta and therefore require deworming:
- Every 15 days from the 2e week of their life and up to their 2 months;
- Once a month from the age of 2 to 8 months, it is recommended to deworm them.
Concerning dogs adults, it is advisable to deworm them:
- 1 time per quarter if the dog goes out often (so a total of 4 times per year);
- 1 time per semester if he goes out little.
To ensure the quality product, it is strongly recommended that you purchase dewormers from your local veterinary. In addition, the professional knows your dog, his environment, his age, his weight, his health and will therefore be able to prescribe the appropriate treatment. You can also agree together on a deworming schedule.