Dog Wormers & Worming Tablets
Intestinal worms are a common infection in dogs due to how easily they are picked up. Puppies can be infected with worms while they are still in the mother or through the mother’s milk. Dogs can also contract intestinal worms if they are digging, sniffing or playing in infected grass or dirt, if they eat an infected animal like a rodent or from a flea bite.
Intestinal worm infections may go unnoticed and undiagnosed for months as dogs often do not show symptoms until they are severely ill.
In many cases, a course of treatment with a suitable worming product will be enough to kill off the infestation. However, sometimes they can persist and in these cases, it is recommended that you seek advice from your veterinarian.
Worming Products for Dogs
There are a wide range of worming products available for dogs on the market today to ensure your friend is protected. De-wormers are available as tablets, meaty-flavoured chews, liquids, pastes and topical or spot-on treatments for dogs of all ages and weights.
Worming tablets can protect your dog against one worm (often tapeworm), or all worms that can infect your dog (called an all-wormer or broad-spectrum wormer). VetProductsDirect stocks a wide range of worming tablets for dogs at competitive prices.
Worming Liquid or Paste
Puppies and small dogs can be treated with a worming liquid or paste for easy administration. The liquid or paste can be added to food or given directly in their mouth.
It is recommended that you consult with your veterinarian when deciding whether or not to worm your puppy.
Worming Treatments for Dogs of All Types
Dogs can vary widely in their size and shape, and come in a wide range of breeds and varieties. VetProductsDirect stock a broad product range that covers worming treatments for dogs of any size or life stage.
The Risks of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs
Left untreated, a dog with worms can suffer from malnutrition, dehydration, an intestinal blockage, organ damage. Humans and especially young children are at risk of contracting worms from an infected dog.
Types of Intestinal Canine Worms
Tapeworms – Tapeworms live in the small intestine of infected dogs and can sometimes be seen around the dog’s bottom or in their poo. The flat, off-white coloured worm can grow up to 10 to over 70cm in length. A dog infected with tapeworm will often “scoot” or drag their bottom along the ground. In a dog with a severe tapeworm infestation, they can suffer from vomiting and might vomit up some worms.
Roundworms – As the name suggests, roundworms have a spaghetti-like shape and are the most common intestinal worm that affects dogs. A roundworm infestation in puppies can stunt their growth as the worm will consume food in the dog’s intestine, starving the growing puppy of vital nutrients. Dogs can contract roundworm when they come into contact with infected faeces. Humans can also contract roundworm if they were to accidentally ingest roundworm eggs.
Hookworms – Hookworms latch onto your dog’s intestine using their sharp teeth and feed on your pet’s blood, which if left untreated, can lead to anaemia. Hookworm larvae can penetrate your dog’s skin, or they can be picked up off the ground from infected soil. Puppies can contract hookworm via an infected mother’s milk. Symptoms of a hookworm infection can include weight loss, bloody diarrhoea and a dull or dry coat.
Whipworms – Whipworms cannot be transmitted to humans but do cause severe illness in dogs. They have a long, thin tail and live in the dog’s large intestine. In the early stages of infection, dogs may not show symptoms. After the infection has progressed, dogs can develop diarrhoea, weight loss or anaemia.
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Signs That Your Dog May Need Wormer Products.
There are many different symptoms that your dog may show signs of worms or another parasite. Some of these symptoms can also appear with other diseases or medical conditions. If you are unsure if your dog has worms or if you have treated your dog for worms and their symptoms have continued, consult with your veterinarian. Here are some common symptoms to watch out for in dogs with worms:
- Sickness and vomiting
- Diarrhoea (sometimes worms or their eggs can be seen in faeces)
- Blood in stool or dark, tar-like stools (common with a hookworm infection)
- Lethargy and lack of energy
- Stunted or slowed growth (in puppies)
- Distended stomach or ‘potbelly’ (especially in puppies)
- Sudden increase or decrease in appetite
- Pale gums or anaemia
- Weight loss or overall poor body condition
- Loss of shininess and lustre in your dog's coat
- Irritated, itchy, or flaky skin
- 'Scooting' or rubbing of the rear end on the floor
- Change in condition and consistency of stools
- Worm segments in your dog's fur around their anus or in its faeces
Never let these worms get the better of your dog. Instead, get the right medication and treatments at great prices from VetProductsDirect. Get in touch with our team if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach them during business hours on 1300 838 776 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.