Dogs will forever be the most loyal and loving companion of man. Dogs have made a lot of difference to human’s way of life because of the limitless supply of unconditional love they give to their human family. No person, even non-dog lovers would raise an eyebrow to the measures a dog owner will do to ensure the health of the pet. Nutritious food, regular grooming and opportunities to exercise are provided for the dog. Dog owners make sure that the pet is taken to the vet’s for the scheduled immunizations. With all these precautionary measures, a dog would still get sick.
Dog owners would continuously be troubled with the pet’s worm infestation. Parasite infestation is common in dogs because of their lifestyle. Dog owners are aware that their pets are natural scavengers. As soon as the dog gets an opportunity, the dog will be seen not only raiding trash cans and eating spoiled food but eating feces as well. Would an owner be surprised to know that the pet has free loaders inside its intestines?
Although worm infestation can be easily treated, knowing if the pet is infested would be another matter. Some worms are vomited or excreted with the feces. Other types of worms cannot be seen thus an owner has to be alert to the signs that the dog has worms. A dog keeping worm inside its intestines will vomit, have diarrhea and would normally lose weight because of poor appetite. Aside from having a scruffy coat and a pot belied appearance, the once energetic dog will be lethargic. Treatment is imperative as severe infestation can result to the death of the dog. Additionally, the worms can be transmitted to humans.
A fecal exam or a blood test would be necessary to determine the type of worm so that the appropriate worming medication can be administered. Over the counter worming medications are readily available. No doubt these medications will have an effect but it would always be safe to consult a vet.
Because dosage of animal medications are commonly based on body weight, errors with the dosage is possible so that instead of killing worms, the treatment would have dangerous effects on the pet. Additionally, you may be giving the dog the right medication for the wrong type of worm. It would be much better to shell out some bucks for vet’s PF rather than lose the life of the pet.