Posted: 18 Feb 2012 10:42 PM PST
There are many things that can happen to your puppy given the fact that they are quite vulnerable to all sorts of agents existing in the environment. Their immune system is still very weak therefore you should be well informed on those agents that can affect the well being of your puppy. In case you notice that your puppy is lethargic, presents diarrhea, or has a rough coat, then he might suffer from worms.
They are tiny parasites living in the intestines making them feel very ill, while others can eve die from puppy worms. These parasites can be easily transmitted by their lactating mother if this one has had them within. Another way that these worms can be contacted is from the environment – dirt, grass, or any other dogs’ excrement.
Four main types are there that you need to know of: roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, and tape worms. The symptoms indicating their presence are: diarrhea, vomiting, pot bellies, rough coats, weight loss, exhaustion, as well as a slower process of growth. The presence of heartworm will make the puppy lose considerable weight and in the end to heart failure. This type of worm can be also very difficult to treat.
But there is good news about this: worms can be prevented by applying a regular treatment that not only keep your puppy healthy but will also save you the costs on veterinarian bills. There is the worming medication that one can find in the form of tablets that can be crushed and spread into the food for the more adult fogs and syrup for young puppies.
Another thing that should be done regularly is to worm the puppy every month until he turns 6 months. Before you get your puppy, which happens at the 3 months of age, the breeders will do the procedure for them every 2 weeks, to make sure that you get a healthy and free of parasites puppy. This procedure is not that expensive and it can really make a difference to the overall health state of your puppy.
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