Are you the proud owner of a cute puppy and you’re wondering how to take care of your puppy?
Then your first business should be deworming the little one to make sure that he is healthy.
Don’t worry if you haven’t do something like this at all. I’m going to explain to you how to deworm newborn puppies in seven easy steps.
What do you need to deworm a puppy?
Let’s start by making a list of everything you’re going to need:
A vet appointment
A stool sample
A weight scale
Someone to help
Usually, your vet will recommend you a deworming medication. However, I’ll offer you some possible deworms that you can discuss with your vet later on.
#1 Learn the basics
You have to start deworming puppies as young as 2-3 weeks. That’s because when puppies are born, they might already have worms if the mother hasn’t been treated properly. And parasites can be very dangerous for such young animals.
Usually, the deworming schedule for puppies is a simple one. You have to give the dewormer at 2, 6, 8, 12, and 16 weeks. However, you have to observe Rover for symptoms that he has been infected so that you can administrate additional treatment.
The most common signs of parasite infection are:
Loss of appetite
Blood in stool
A lid-tight container
#2 Make a vet appointment and bring a stool sample
Once your dog gives births, it’s for the best to make an appointment so that your vet can take a look at the puppies. Even when you adopt a puppy from a shelter or a respectable breeder, you should take it for an evaluation to make sure that it’s healthy.
If you bring a stool sample with you, your vet will be able to check and tell you if the puppy has worms. The vet will also be able to what kinds of parasites your dog has because
#3 Purchase deworming medicine
After you’ve spoken with the vet, he might prescribe you the necessary medication to treat your puppy.
If he doesn’t do that, you can opt for some over-the-counter dewormers. For example:
For very young puppies, you can try Nemex 2, which is suitable for dogs over two weeks of age. Nevertheless, always read the labels carefully to make sure that the dewormer won’t be too strong for your pooch.
It’s also worth remembering that dewormers are effective against specific parasites. So, if you’re not sure what worm your puppy has, you might purchase the wrong medicine and make matters worse.
Most dewormers take care of hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms, but if your puppy has contracted something else, you should speak with your vet.
#4 Weigh the puppy
After you have purchased the deworming medicine, you should weigh the puppy since the dose depends on the weight. Simply take the little one and place him on the scales. Then consult the charts to determine how much you must give your pooch.
Remember that if you give too little, it won’t get rid of all the worm. However, if you give too much, you might accidentally poison your pet.
#5 Prepare the medicine
Some dewormers come in liquid form, while others are in the forms of doggy treats and pills. As you can imagine, it’s easier to give the puppy a pill or a treat than stick a syringe in his mount, but sometimes you won’t have a choice.
Also, in this stage, check if you should give the medicine on an empty stomach or full stomach. Otherwise, your little pooch might suffer some discomfort, or the dewormer might not be effective enough.
#6 Get the puppy and open its mouth
Now comes the hard part. First, attract the attention of the puppy. You might use a toy or a treat to make little Rover focus on one of your hands. While Rover is distracted, open his mouth gently. Then, follow these instructions:
Place the tip of the syringe at least two inches inside the mouth before dispensing the liquid.
If you’re giving a pill, place it around 3 inches inside in the puppy’s mouth.
Close the mouth and rub the neck to ensure that the puppy swallows the pill.
Make sure that the puppy doesn’t spill the liquid or the pill.
Here’s a demonstration on how to deworm a puppy.
#7 Follow the deworming schedule strictly
Most dewormers are highly effective in killing all the parasites that have infected your puppy. However, a single dose is usually not enough and you have to administrate the medicine at least 2-3 days in a row and then repeat a couple of weeks later. That’s because dewormers can’t kill the parasites, which haven’t hatched yet.
To ensure that your puppy is free of any worms, you must take a stool sample to your vet. He will examine it and propose a course of action if the puppy still has worms. I also recommend that you speak about heartworm prevention to your vet if you live in an area with a lot of mosquitoes.
Deworming newborn puppies and adult dogs is part of being a responsible dog owner. Some of these parasites are very dangerous for your pet’s health, and they can be harmful to people as well. What’s more, young puppies can take a turn for the worse very quickly. So, don’t forget to deworm regularly.
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