Not only can worms make your dog sick, some species of worms can also be transferred to humans, with children being most at risk.
It may take several rounds of worming medications before your dog's infestation is completely resolved. The most common parasites include roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and heartworms.
There may be no more disgusting part of dog ownership than dealing with internal parasites in your pet. However, knowing how to recognize and how to prevent both intestinal parasites and heartworms in your pet is critical to your pet's health. Because dogs can be infected with several types of intestinal worms and heartworms, there are several different types of de-worming medications for canines.
You may have noticed worms in your dog's stool and are wondering how they got there and, more importantly - how to get rid of them. Intestinal parasites are extremely common among both adult dogs and puppies. Adult dogs can contract worms from eating or coming in contact with infected stool, while puppies typically get them while in their mother's womb. Most internal parasites are quite easy to resolve with the help of medication.
Symptoms to look out for include:
Suggested Worming Schedule:
- Dull coat,
- weight loss
- appetite loss
- pot-bellied appearance
- low energy level
- Anemia - loss of color in the gums
- the dog or puppy scoots around on it's rear end.
- Puppies 4 to 12 weeks of age should be wormed every two weeks.
- From age 12 weeks to 6 months puppies should be wormed monthly.
- From 6 months onward dogs and puppies should be wormed every 3 months.
Off-Label Usages of Ivermectin in Dogs:
We do not encourage the off label usage of any medication, however, we believe you should be aware of them.
Ivermectin is used in higher dosages to treat both demodectic and sarcoptic mange in dogs. Ivermectin used in these dosages is considered to be an off-label use of ivermectin as the drug is not approved by the FDA when used at these dosages. Off-label usage is common and ivermectin is frequently used by veterinarians to treat mange in dogs but dog owners should be aware that the dosages are much larger than those dosages used for monthly heartworm prevention. We have also found that when dogs are treated with Ivermectin for mange, they are less susceptible to ticks and ear mites.
PLEASE NOTE: Some dogs have a Genetic sensitivity to Ivemectin and some breeds of dogs: Collies, Shelties, Shetland Sheepdogs, and Old English Sheepdogs have a genetic sensitivity to Ivermectin. Heartworm preventive dosages of ivermectin are normally low enough to be safe for these high-risk dogs.