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Worms in dogs: prevention


Worms in dogs are not only annoying but also dangerous. An undetected worm infestation can lead to serious health risks such as anemia, inflammation and intestinal obstruction. So that it doesn't get that far, here are a few tips to prevent worms. Prevention against worms: Watch what the dog eats - Image: Shutterstock / jurra8

Most types of worms infect dogs by the four-legged friends picking up worm eggs or worm larvae when sniffing or eating. However, some types of worms are also infiltrated into the dog's body by parasites. There is usually nothing you can do about it. However, there are ways to prevent worm infestation as much as possible.

Regular worming prevents worms

A good way to prevent dog worms is to take a worming regimen. It should be carried out every three to six months and sometimes prevents newly swallowed larvae and worm eggs from growing into worms. Worm treatment is particularly useful for high-risk groups such as hunting dogs, who spend a lot of time outdoors unattended.

A puppy should be given the first worming regimen at the age of 10 to 14 days because it may have been ingested by its mother. A regular check-up by the veterinarian gives dog owners clarity about the health of their pets: If you have your dog checked twice a year for dangerous parasites such as heartworms, you are on the safe side.

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Preventing worms: what to do at home

If you want to protect your dog from worms, you should make sure that your four-legged friend is sleeping and resting properly. Cleaning the area with a salt water solution is particularly effective in the fight against worms. In addition, it is important to be careful what the dog eats. Raw meat and slaughterhouse waste can favor worm infestation and therefore do not belong on the pet's menu. When walking, especially with young dogs, it is important to ensure that they do not eat animal droppings. Avoid contact with stray animals and rodents.

Regular inspection after flea infestation

Since fleas can transmit tapeworms, regular checks after a flea infestation are advisable. If you want to take your dog on vacation, you should also check with the veterinarian beforehand about the health risks associated with your travel destination. Protection against fleas, mosquitoes and other pests may make sense in advance. And if, despite all caution, symptoms of a worm infestation appear in your dog, such as excruciating itching on the anus, bloody diarrhea or frequent vomiting, it is important to see the veterinarian as soon as possible - so that he can initiate effective treatment.