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Puppy dewormed but still has worms?

Deworming Your Dog Guide


Every puppy parent always wants the best for their four-legged friend and if your pup is feeling under the weather or hasn’t been behaving normally, it is important to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Often if a dog is not feeling themselves, parasites and worms could be the cause and need to be dealt with quickly to get your dog back to full health. In some cases, dogs may have worms but have no signs of illness, which is why it is essential to de-worm your dog routinely. Puppies and young dogs are more likely to be infected with worms, and a severe infestation can cause malnutrition and anaemia which can be fatal. Signs of a worm problem include loss of weight, diarrhoea, bad breath, a dry coat and sometimes you will be able to see the worms in your dog’s stool.



Worms can be treated with medications called anthelmintics which can be purchased from vets and some stores, and although the treatment is simple some dog owners will still worry after the medication is given. If you have dewormed your dog only to find that the worms are still alive after deworming, or there are dead worms in dog poop after deworming then you might understandably be worried the medication hasn’t done the trick. Worming medication is available in many different forms including pills, spot-ons, powders, liquid and even injections administered by a vet, so you are guaranteed to find a method that works for you and your furry friend.

Humans can also contract worms from dogs and other animals, so it is vital to treat any infections in your hound immediately, so they don’t get passed on to other family members. To avoid transferring a worm infection from your dog make sure to regularly and thoroughly wash your hands after touching your dog and try to keep young children away from the pup whilst it is infected. If you do suspect you or a member of your family has contracted a worm infection from a dog, visit a doctor immediately. Some varieties of worms in dogs can be very dangerous to humans.

Unfortunately, worming medications are not an instant solution to the problem and often cause symptoms such as lack of appetite, vomiting and stomach upset. Always be sure to follow the instructions exactly, and many wormers require multiple doses to rid your canine companion of worms completely. Giving an incorrect dose can be both harmful to your dog and be ineffective in tackling the worm problem. It is also essential to identify the type of worms infecting your dog before administering any kind of medication. There are a range of different types of worms that can infect your dog including roundworms, heartworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, cryptosporidium, toxoplasma, isospara and giardia.

Things to Remember


There are over 10 different types of worms you need to watch out for.


You dog may have no signs of having worms.


Humans can catch worms from dogs.

After deworming your pup


Once you have identified the type of worms your four-legged friend is suffering with, and given them the correct medicines, you may find that your dog still has live worms in stool after deworming. Whether there are alive or dead worms in dog poop after deworming, it isn’t something to worry about and is not a sign that the medication isn’t working; in fact, worms still alive after deworming is often a sign that the medicine is doing the trick. Depending on the medication used, it will either kill or paralysis the worms, causing them to detach from your dog’s inners. This results in either dead or live worms in stool after deworming and is a completely normal part of the process.

You may find alive or dead worms in dog poop after deworming for a week or longer, and this isn’t something to worry about. If your puppy is dewormed and still has worms for about 14 days, then it is time to seek a vet’s advice just to be on the safe side. On the other hand, sometimes you may not see any worms still alive after deworming, and this is because some medications work by dissolving the worms in the intestine. Whether you can see no worms, alive worms, or dead worms in dog poop after deworming, it should not be used as an indication that the treatment has worked correctly or not.

Once you have successfully cleared your pup of worms, remember to regularly treat them even if they are showing no symptoms. There are also some steps you can take to avoid your dog from being infected again in the future. Clear your garden at least once a week of all dog poop, this will keep the parasites out of your home environment. Give your pup regular baths to keep them clean and free of any dirt or faecal matter they may have picked up whilst out and about. Take your dog for regular check-ups at the vet, they will be able to check for parasites and make sure your dog is worm free.

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