When you bring home a new puppy, you have so much to consider: food, toys, bedding, socialization and training. There are books and websites full of information on these topics, but the most important choice you will make for your puppy is finding a good veterinarian. Good health care begins with a thorough examination, vaccinations and parasite prevention. Regions of the country have different types of diseases and parasites, so the veterinarian will create a plan specific to the area. For instance, if you have a new French bulldog and live in Florida, the doctor will choose French bulldog deworming Wellington FL.
What Are Intestinal Parasites?
Most people know puppies often have “worms”, but they may not understand what this means. Puppies are born with parasitic worms in their intestinal tract. These worms are transmitted to them by the mother in two ways: either through the placenta before birth or through milk when the puppies are nursing.
What Are the Risks Involved?
If left untreated, intestinal parasites cause diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and dehydration. Because puppies have undeveloped immune systems, they are unable to fight the parasites. Medical intervention is necessary. Parasites can be transmitted to humans through contact with infected fecal material. Children are vulnerable to infection as they may not practice good hand hygiene.
How Can I Prevent Intestinal Parasites?
According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, puppies should be given a dewormer at two weeks of age, then every two weeks up to the age of two months. Further recommendations are to deworm monthly until the age of six months, then quarterly when the dog is mature. Your veterinarian will determine the appropriate parasite prevention for your dog based on endemic parasites.
Companion animal care has improved greatly over the past few decades. Pets are living longer and enjoying a better quality of life. Proper parasite prevention in the early years helps set up every puppy for a lifetime of good health.