The importance of Deworming
Distention of abdomen - Pot-belly
|Recently I have heard of cases where puppies were sold, taken to the veterinarian for inoculation and deworming and subsequently died. The diagnosis of the veterinarian was "Worm Infestation".
One distressed lady told me that worms were crawling out the puppy's anus. I had referred the lady to a particular breeder, as the puppy had died I discussed the matter with the breeder explaining it was negligence on her part.
Fortunately she condescended to replace the puppy but how do you console a child who has been traumatised by the loss of his puppy?
The mortality rate can be high in cases where quantities of worms block the intestines and perforate them, the puppy then dies of peritonitis. Worms obtain their nourishment from the puppy's tissues, which can also cause anaemia.
The worming medication can also be absorbed in the injuries to puppy's tissue and as it is meant to kill the worms can also kill the puppy.
Prospective buyers should be on the look out for puppies with dry staring coats, dry skin and over distended stomachs. Puppies will also look out of condition.
Puppies with worm infection often suffer from intermittent diarrhoea.
Veterinarians recommend that if not deworming before maiting, she be dewormed at three weeks after mating.
|Puppies MUST be dewormed at three weeks and then ten to twelve days later. First dose kills the adult worms, second dose kills the worms that will hatch from eggs laid. The larvae start to migrate round the body of the puppy and eventually return to the intestines where they become adult. It is in the intestines that the eggs are laid.
It is very important to stop this process especially in bitch puppies, because once the larvae migrate round the body, some of them will lodge in the body of the uterus. If this happens it will be virtually impossible to cure the itch from being a carrier of worms all her life. Worming the bitch will kill the worms but unfortunately larvae will remain in her body and will pass to the unborn puppies who will in turn be born with worms.
|Tapeworm is transmitted to the dog by fleas so it is imperative that a proper program is also undertaken to rid the dog of fleas and parasites. Every dog on the property must be dewormed as one can infect the others. They should be dewormed every three-months without question.
Remember worm eggs can blow across from your neighbour's yard if they are not conscientious about deworming their dogs and they can also pick up worm eggs at dog shows.
Deworming is very important and should never be taken lightly. Even fat healthy looking adult dogs could have worms. For the sake of every precious little life, deworm regularly !