Several are available for dogs. These products differ based on which worms need to be eliminated from your pet. The most common worm medications used in young puppies contain Pyrantel, which is found in . Usually, two doses of Pyrantel are recommended for puppies at three and six weeks old to treat and prevent roundworms and hookworms, which are most common in puppies this age.
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There are several safe prescription drugs that treat tapeworms in dogs. These include epsiprantel (Cestex), fenbendazole (Panacur, Safe-Guard), and praziquantel (Bilticide). These de-worming drugs can be given by tablet or as a shot. The medicine dissolves the worms, so you won't see them pass when your dog goes to the bathroom.
Dogs may become infected with hookworms by one or all of four routes:
Larvae (young hookworms) that hatch from hookworm eggs live in the soil. These larvae can infect your dog simply through contact and penetration of the skin and through the dog eating the larvae when they ingest dirt or during their routine licking (cleaning).
In all areas where there are dogs, there are roundworm eggs.
or parasites are one of the more common problems encountered in canine veterinary practice. Several different types of worms may be seen in dogs and puppies: roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and coccidia. Your veterinarian can recommend an appropriate depending on the type of worms your pet has. This is best determined by having your veterinarian examine a stool sample. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving you dog or puppy a , even an over-the-counter one.Another common wormer used mainly for adult dogs and/or those with whipworms is the wormer , which also treats giardia parasites. This wormer is typically given for three to five days and readily mixed with food. This is often veterinarians' first choice if whipworms are suspected, even if intestinal parasites are not found in a fecal exam. Praziquantel (found in and ) is effective for removing tapeworms, which are not as easily killed by other wormers. When treating coccidia in puppies, or are often the first choice. Worming schedules will vary depending on the product and your dog's age, as mentioned below, regarding Pyrantel in young puppies. Typically puppies will be treated every two to three weeks for two or three treatments to ensure elimination of roundworms and hookworms. Adult dogs are typically wormed when specific parasites are found on microscopic exam of stool samples, except in cases of bloody where whipworms are suspected, since these parasites are difficult to diagnose on many stool samples. Monthly will often be effective in killing other parasites such as hookworms and roundworms, as well as in preventing whipworms. Veterinarians usually won't worm pregnant dogs until after delivery, since most puppies will be born with roundworms no matter how often adult pets are wormed. Hookworms are small, thin worms that attach to the wall of the small intestine and suck blood. Severe hookworm infestations may even kill puppies, as these worms can make puppies severely anemic. In older dogs, chronic hookworm infection may cause low stamina, decreased appetite, and . Other symptoms of hookworms in dogs include bloody , anemia, and weakness.