The first step in dog worm treatment is determining that your dog does have dog worms. There are a number of different types of worms that can infect your dog and some of them show very different symptoms. For example, if your dog has become tapeworm infected, you will most likely see the worms - or at least worm segments - in its stool. Other dog worms, such as whipworms, and roundworms can be diagnosed by watching your dog’s behavior. If you notice it has lost its appetite, is eating irregularly, or acting very lethargic, it may have become infected with these pests.

How you treat your dog for worms will, of course, depend on the type of dog worm it has.

Intestinal Parasites

The five most common dog worms are heartworms, whipworms, roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms.

All five of these dog worms are intestinal parasites. This means that, regardless of how they infected your dog, they will all end up living in its intestines.

This means that a process called deworming can eliminate most of them. The one exception to this is heartworms as they require special treatment.

Deworming Your Dog

If your dog has become worm-infested, a process called deworming can cure it. This can be done quickly and easily through the use of a deworming medication.

There are a number of these medications available. Here is information on some of the most popular of them.

Wormout

Vitaform, the company that makes Wormout, says that it will treat all internal worms. This dog worm treatment comes in a dose of six tablets and is given to the dog at the rate of one tablet per 11 pounds of the dog’s body weight. It can be given to the dog orally or in its food. Wormout can be administered to a dog that’s as young as two weeks.

Safe-Guard Canine Dewormer

This dog dewormer is used for the treatment and control of roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms in dogs and puppies over six weeks of age. It is mixed in the dog’s food three days in a row. The manufacturer’s instructions are that you should give 2 grams of Safe-Guard per 20 pounds of the dog’s body weight. Safe-Guard comes in three-gram packets and usually costs around $5.50.

Panacur C

This dog worm treatment is used to treat hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms. The usual dose for dogs is one packet, based on the dog’s weight, given once a day for three consecutive days. It can be mixed with a small amount of the animal’s usual food. 34-gram packages of Panacur C cost around $13.

WormX Plus

Non-prescription WormX Plus comes in pork liver-flavored, chewable tablets. It is available in two sizes for accurate dosing. It is sad to prevent and treat roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. Its active ingredients are Pyrantel Pamoate and Praziquantel. The usual dose of WormX Plus for small dogs and puppies weighing 12 pounds or less is one tablet. For larger dogs, 12-25 pounds, the dosage is two tablets. These tablets are given as a single dose.

Drontal plus

Drontal Plus is said to be a broad-spectrum dewormer for dogs that can be used to treat tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms. It is available as scored tablets. The dosage is based on the dog’s weight. Drontal Plus’ manufacturer reports that the dose for small dogs is 22.7 mg, and 68 mg for medium to large-sized dogs. The smaller tablets cost $5.49; and the larger, 68 mg tablets are $12.99. It is given as a single dose. Drontal Plus can be obtained only via a prescription from your veterinarian.

Worm Prevention

Sentinel is dog worm treatment that requires a prescription from your veterinarian. Its manufacturer claims that this product is the only monthly oral preventative that guards against heartworms, adult roundworms, adult hookworms and whipworms. It should be used only with dogs that are four weeks or older and that weigh more than 2 pounds.

A Natural Alternative

There are also dog worm treatments that can be used to deworm your dog naturally. One of these, HomeoPet Worm Clear, is said by its manufacturer to be 100% natural, and is a fast-acting liquid product that can be used to remove hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms. It is also said to help prevent infestations by reducing the dog’s susceptibility to worms. The manufacturer says that Worm Clear is easy to administer either by putting it into the dog’s water or directly into its mouth. It should be given to the dog three times a day – once in the morning, in the evening, and then again at bedtime. A 15 mL bottle of HomeoPet Worm Clear costs $12.49.

Heartworm Treatment

While heartworms are also intestinal parasites, they cannot be removed by a deworming treatment. Today’s most common treatment for heartworms is a drug containing arsenic, which is injected deep into the dog’s shoulder muscles. One shot of this medication is first given to the dog’s right shoulder and later that day to its left shoulder. The shots are given again the next day and in the same way. These shots are very potent and the dog must be kept indoors or on a leash for the next 4-6 weeks after this treatment.

Dog Worm Treatment

Dog worm treatment is relatively simple and inexpensive. So, if you find your dog has become worm-infested, don’t worry. Deworming the dog can be done quickly and easily, and your dog will end up happier and worm free.

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