Summary: Dog Worming – Dogs and puppies regularly need to be ‘dewormed’ after they are 6-9 weeks old. Intestinal worms and parasites are extremely common in dogs and puppies. In fact, most puppies are born with them. Several dog wormer products are available to choose from.
Dog Worming: How to Worm A Puppy or Dog?
Dogs and puppies regularly need to be treated for worms. Intestinal worms and parasites are extremely common in dogs and puppies. Your veterinarian will give you medicine to clear up the situation. Some veterinarians will prescribe a pill that has to be administered monthly to your pet. Worms are contracted in various ways including contaminated soil, mosquito bites, and by eating fleas. Your vet will probably ask you to bring in a recent stool sample to be tested. This is usually done at the puppies/dogs yearly check up.
We have generally wormed our puppies between 6-9 weeks old depending on how their physical strength and development is doing. IMPORTANT: Do not give over the counter worming medicine to a dog that is looking or acting sick. Your dog or puppy should be taken to consult a licensed vet in this case. (Please follow manufacturer’s directions for individual wormers. Deworming history of newly acquired puppies should be obtained to determine whether additional dog worming is needed.) Initiate treatment at 6 weeks of age. For a puppy at increased risk, also treat at 12 weeks, and then monthly until the puppy is 6 months old. Treat mother at the same time.
Nursing Dams Deworming
Treat concurrently with puppies.
Adult Dog Worming
Treat monthly or as recommended by your veterinarian. Also monitor and eliminate parasites in pet’s environment.
Newly Acquired Dogs
Worm immediately: repeat in 2 weeks, then follow above recommendations.
Dewormer Review: Safe-Guard Canine Dewormer
Our favorite dog wormer is the Safe Guard Dog Dewormer. It safely treats against Tapeworms, Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms. This particular product you should not administer to any puppy under the age of 6 weeks. Safe to administer to pregnant dogs and heartworm infected dogs. Very important that you follow the recommended treatment process of administer for 3 consecutive days. All you do is mix the feed granules into your dog’s normal food. There are three different sizing options, so make sure you get the right size. You’ll need a 1 gram package per 10 pounds of dog weight for each dose (see instructions).