Deworm our dogs It is essential if we want to avoid being affected by having fleas or ticks running through your body and although there are many collars and chemicals that are effective, we can also do it naturally with the step guide then in which we explain How to deworm dogs correctly with these natural remedies.
The dog must be dewormed for the first time once it has reached six weeks and then it will be good to make a review every 3 or 4 months or every year depending on the breed of dog, if you have had problems with parasites (especially internal) and also, there will be the fact that you live in the city or the field where they can be more or less susceptible to suffering according to which parasites. Regardless of the need for go to the vet for this purpose, we At home we can apply natural remedies to our dog which will serve to deworm them depending on the parasite to be treated (fleas, ticks or worms). Let's see what those remedies are.
Steps to deworm dogs correctly with natural remedies
Depending on the parasites that affect your dog, you can try some of the natural remedies that we now explain.
Deworm the flea dog
Fleas affect many dogs, especially during the summer, so to avoid them and eliminate them nothing like applying these natural remedies.
- Necklace with essential oils: Apply ten drops of eucalyptus essential oil and ten drops ofoillavender essential on a cord or a handkerchief. Other suitable essential oils are those of mint, cedar and citronella.
- Vinegar: White wine vinegar is particularly suitable for flea removal And it can be applied to the dog's hair after diluting it with water and spraying it on a soft cloth. In addition, vinegar can be used to periodically wash our dogs' toys, to sterilize them against pests.
- Lemon: Another effective natural remedy is to use four squeezed lemons mixed in half a liter of water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Then apply them with a clean cloth on the animal's hair.
Deworm the dog from ticks
Ticks also affect many dogs, so you can avoid being bitten with these natural remedies.
- Apple vinager: Apple cider vinegar can be used when you bathe your dog. In this case, try to rub especially the parts most affected by the attack of ticks, such as the neck, ears and legs.
- Essential oils: Two essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus They can help you to eliminate your dog's ticks. Its fragrance is particularly unpleasant for such pests and if you add thyme you can get other important benefits, since this element strengthens the dog's immune system and helps keep bacteria away.
- Vegetable oils: If you want to act on the diet, there are oils of vegetable origin (sunflower, flax, borage) that, in addition to fighting ticks, perform an effective soothing action against itching. Uses 1 teaspoon every 3 days to add to the food of your pets and you will get good results, without resorting to the usual chemicals that can be highly toxic.
Deworm the dog from worms
In the event that your dog has expelled small worms in the feces, you should go immediately to the veterinarian but also, it will be good to apply some natural remedy that you can incorporate into your diet like these:
- Carrot: Carrots are vermifuges if they are cut into small pieces and inserted into dog food. The carrot pieces will not be digested, so the nutritional values of the food prepared for the dog will not change in any way. However, the carrot will "scrape" the mucus from the intestinal walls, thus eliminating also the parasites it contains. In a few hours, the dog will eject carrot pieces, along with mucus and worms. If you add a grated carrot to normal dog food, it will help boost the immune system and fight infections.
- Pumpkin seeds: Native American tribes discovered the benefits of pumpkin seeds centuries ago. Both the seeds and the pulp are used to treat kidney complications, urinary problems and to heal wounds as well as to treat parasitic diseases in men that we can also extend to dogs. An amino acid present in pumpkin seeds called cucurbitacin, paralyzes worms and expels them from the digestive tract. In addition to their ability to expel parasites, pumpkin seeds have many other benefits. They are a source of fiber, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, folic acid, amino acids, calcium and niacin.
- Fast: If you want a simple and effective way to eliminate worms, try to fast the dog because a 24-hour fast once a week will help expel the worms and prevent them from returning. The worms need food to survive, and a few hours of fasting will weaken them and cause them to leave. Of course, always consult your veterinarian before fasting the dog, especially if he is not in good health.
Internal deworming in puppies
We know from internal parasites those that are inside the animal, such as those they stay in thedigestive system, or in the lungs and the heart. Gastrointestinal parasites are capable of causing diarrhea and vomiting that in puppies can cause dehydration and anemia, aggravating the condition and endangering their lives. The parasites can be transmitted by the mother, so it should be well dewormed to reduce its presence in the environment.
In the market we will find different suitable antiparasitic products for puppies, such as deworming pills, which, depending on their composition, will eliminate different parasites. They do not have a preventive residual effect, so we will have to apply them periodically to ensure that we interrupt the cycle of these parasites. In the following sections we will see how to deworm a puppy.
Symptoms of parasites in a puppy
Let's start with the symptoms that cause internal parasites in a puppy, which are appreciable when the number of intestinal parasites is too high.
Puppies that suffer from worms, giardias or any other type of intestinal parasite show the following symptoms:
- Slow development
- Lack of strength, vigor
- Anal itching
On the other hand there are external parasites, which may show less appreciable symptoms but can create significant infections in our dog, and even spread diseases and cause death.
The only symptoms a puppy shows when it suffers from fleas or ticks is itching, nervousness and discomfort. However, ticks can transmit very serious diseases that can manifest themselves with other completely different symptoms. In the same way fleas can cause skin irritation and allergic episodes, something not recommended in puppies.
We must manually examine the puppy for fleas, which manifest as small black dots running through the skin of our dog. Also in search of ticks, paying special attention to the head, anus and genitals.
External deworming in puppies
External parasites such as fleas or ticks They can infest dogs at any age. In severe cases, by feeding on the animal's blood, they can cause anemia and, in addition, are capable of transmitting life-threatening diseases. The products we can use usually maintain their effectiveness for a minimum of 4 weeks, at which time they will have to be applied again. In addition, some of them manage to prevent the viability of the parasite's eggs, thus helping to control their presence in the environment. To find out how to deworm your puppy, read on.
When will you deworm a puppy for the first time?
The main thing to know how to deworm a puppy is when to start doing it. As we have said, it would be important to have the mother dewormed but, if this has not been possible, the first dose for internal deworming will be done at 15 days of life.
Refering to external deworming, this usually starts Since the 8 life's weeksAlthough, if we discover that our puppy has fleas or ticks before, we can contact our veterinarian to recommend a suitable product for these little ones.
From the first dose, the specialist will determine the periodicity of the following doses. However, ESCCAP (European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites) recommends, from the first two weeks of life, deworming the puppy every 15 days, up to two weeks after weaning. Then, it is advisable to continue a monthly deworming up to 6 months of age. For more information, do not miss the article "How often to deworm a dog?".
How to deworm a puppy?
Antiparasitics are sold in different presentations. Thus, we will find sprays, pipettes, syrups or tablets to deworm our puppies. We should always check with the veterinarian to recommend the most appropriate product, not only to the type of parasite but also to the characteristics of our puppy. For example, for a small puppy we can opt for a syrup against worms, since the amount to be administered will be minimal. Instead, a large breed puppy would have to take so many ml that it would be best to give the same drug in tablets. We will see below the ways to deworm a puppy:
- With syrup or pasta: in this case we will hold the puppy with one hand under the chest, between its front legs, resting it against our body. We will put the syringe with the free hand, without a needle and loaded with the appropriate amount of syrup according to the weight of the puppy, on the side of the mouth, pointing inwards, thus supplying the liquid.
- With pills or tablet: We have the option to camouflage it with food but, if we want to give it directly, we must surround the puppy's snout with one hand and with our thumb and forefinger we will look for the point where its jaws meet. By placing the fingers there the dog will open his mouth and, with the other hand we can introduce the pill just at the end of the tongue. Immediately close the mouth and gently massage the trachea to induce swallowing. On the other hand, there are palatable tablets on the market that look similar to a treat and that are not necessary to hide in the food, since dogs eat them without difficulties. Such is the case of tablets that offer a double deworming, that is, they help protect dogs against internal and external parasites at the same time. These types of products, therefore, are more advised to include two products in one. Because we love them, we protect them, consult your veterinarian and dewormer your pet.
- With spray: Before applying these products, we must carefully read the manufacturer's recommendations for use. Basically we will have to handle them with gloves, in well ventilated places away from the fire. It involves spraying the puppy's body and rubbing, against the counter, to help the product permeate well. For delicate areas, such as the face, we will spray on our hand and rub very carefully so that nothing gets into eyes or mouth.
- With pipette: This product is applied at various points along the animal's back, separating the hair well to put it directly on the skin.
Other problems related to parasites
You have to be aware that parasites can harm a puppy a lot, it is vitally important to keep them free of them. Its importance is such that we cannot vaccinate our puppy if it is infected with internal parasites, it must be dewormed before vaccinating.
Another serious problem is contagion, internal and external parasites are very contagious among dogs but also among humans. Our puppy can spread their internal and external parasites in the same way that we can spread them to them.
Deworming a puppy is not a great expense, it is a minimal expense. Check with your veterinarian and follow his instructions.
Your veterinarian can advise you better than anyone about vaccines, their effects, prices and, above all, vaccination schedule.
How to deworm a puppy less than two months old?
We have seen how to deworm a puppy internally, a treatment that we must start when the puppy has 15 days but, in the case of external deworming, the times are different, since most of the products we find in the market are for apply in animals older than 2 months. Therefore, if we want to know how to deworm puppies for a month or less than a month, that is, when they still barely walk or open their eyes, we must check with our veterinarian. Using an inappropriate product could poison the dog, hence the importance of following the professional's recommendations.
This article is purely informative, at ExpertAnimal.com we have no power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case he presents any type of condition or discomfort.
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Avoid internal parasites in dogs
Almost all dogs become infested with parasites at some point in their life. Most develop a immunity that keeps them at bay. However, in conditions of stress or lack of health, this immunity can decrease, in which case the parasites increase in number and cause problems such as intestinal infection, weight loss, anemia, diarrhea, blood in the stool ... etc.
The ascaris, hookworms and pinworms they are parasites that when they are in the larval stage migrate from tissue. Dogs develop a high level of immunity against them. Instead, the tricocephals or trichinids and tapeworms They have no migration phase and cause less immunity. An adequate diagnosis is required to know that antiparasitic will be more effective against the species that your dog suffers, so it is important that you go to your veterinarian before any symptoms.
most of puppies are infested with nematodes. Your veterinarian will analyze the puppy's stool to determine if it has nematodes and other parasites, prescribing the most appropriate antiparasitic. Generally, puppies are wormed at two weeks old and then at 4, 6 and 8 weeks.
It is important to deworm the puppy regularly, at least every 3 months. Generally, they are given a broad spectrum antiparasitic, which is effective against different types of parasites.
In the case of adult dogs, they are given an antiparasitic pill every 2-4 months.
Most dogs have ascaris in the form of cystic larvae, but infestation of adult worms in a healthy dog is rare.
The tricocephals they are one of the frequent causes of acute and chronic diarrhea in adult dogs and require a specific antiparasitic. The you had They are common in dogs but cause few symptoms, but can be seen in feces. The trichina It is uncommon and difficult to remove.
It is important to maintain good hygiene of both the dog and its accommodation to avoid infections. Remember that dirt soils are ideal for the development of eggs and larvae, so if your dog is in a kennel, it is better to have the cement floor and keep it clean.
Observation and surveillance of your dog's skin
The combination of the collar with an antiparasitic pipette or a spray can be interesting to achieve higher protection. In addition, regularly examine your dog, especially if you have been in areas where there may be parasites (especially fleas or ticks) to eliminate and treat them as soon as possible.
Natural remedies against dog parasites
There are many natural remedies that can be effective against parasites. Among them:
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Water. Apple cider vinegar is very effective against lice, fleas and ticks. It must be mixed with water in equal parts and used in the dog's bathroom. You can also apply it from time to time throughout the day, before brushing, until completely removed.
- Tea tree essential oil. It is a natural repellent of parasites and insects very effective. But nevertheless, can be harmful if used in a 100% concentration. It must be diluted properly. A dilution of 0.1-1% is recommended
- Eucalyptus. If you put several branches under your bed, you will keep fleas and remote ticks. In addition, bathing it with an infusion made with its leaves, will help you eliminate these uncomfortable guests.
- Beer yeast. It is very effective against intestinal parasites, in addition to providing your dog with shiny hair. It is a very healthy food that you can incorporate into your diet, simply mixing a spoonful with your feed. Also, they usually like them a lot. Remember what it isfundamental for your health feed your dog with a good feed.
- There are those who recommend using Garlic, for being a natural antibiotic. But nevertheless, both garlic and onion are toxic to dogs, which is better not to provide them.
- Albendazole. Although it is not a natural food, this medication is very effective against parasitic infections and can be used in animals, but it has a number of contraindications and side effects that can affect your dog. Despite being a very effective medication, it is recommended that consult your veterinarian before administering it.
How is that?
It is important that pregnant dogs be wormed as directed by the veterinarian, because they can spread the parasites while they are brewing. However, even if the mothers are completely dewormed there is still the possibility of acquiring parasites at birth, because their immune system is not developed.
That is why your first dose should be administered with only two weeks of life and every two weeks until 12 weeks, or as often as the veterinarian indicates.
In the case of adult dogs, the frequency will be closely linked to the living conditions of the animal. If the dog lives in the countryside, they will have to be dewormed more often than one who lives in an apartment in the city. Being every two months in the case of the first and every three to four months in the second.
It is also necessary to consider whether they frequent with other animals or people or if they like to eat prohibited sweets in the street.
Remember that the presence of parasites is not always manifested with symptoms, so even if your hairy does not present any indicative, it is best that you always comply with deworming times.