Deworming a dog is essential. Thanks to this simple gesture, you protect it from external parasites as well as internal parasites. It is recommended to deworm your dog every 3 months. To do this, several solutions are available to you: necklace, stamp, pipette… What to choose? And if you opt for natural dewormers.
Everything you need to know about parasites that can affect a dog
Dogs can be affected by many parasites. Among them there are internal parasites also called endogenous parasites.
- Helminths are worms found in the dog’s digestive system. They feed on the nutrients present in its path which can lead to deficiencies in the dog.
- Roundworms are relatively long worms since they can reach 20 cm. They lead to significant deficiencies and can be transmitted to humans. Harmless to adults, roundworms can pose a risk to the most fragile children.
- Hookworms are worms that have the particularity of penetrating through the skin. They cause digestive disorders as well as skin pathologies.
- Strongyles are microscopic worms. They are present in hot, humid and dirty environments. They cause weight loss and stunted growth in young dogs.
- Whipworms are worms that measure about 3 cm. The consequences are serious because affected dogs suffer from sometimes severe diarrhea and digestive bleeding.
- Tapeworms, also called tapeworms, are internal parasites that can be transmitted to humans. They can reach several meters in length and weaken the organism.
Internal parasites are numerous and dangerous to health. This is not the case with external parasites. However, even if they are less harmful, they must be treated. Here are the main external parasites.
- Ticks are mites that live under the skin and feed on the animal’s blood. The main danger of ticks is that they transmit Lyme disease. A pathology that can affect dogs and humans and for which no treatment exists.
- Fleas are very common small insects that dogs pick up when they are outdoors. The fleas then settle in your interior. It is therefore essential to treat them but also to prevent them!
- Lice and more particularly dog lice, are not transmitted but considerably affect the dog’s well-being. It causes skin irritations very similar to scabies.
- Chiggers are particularly harmful in summer. They cause redness and inflammation. This mite can attack both dogs and humans.
Deworming a dog: a necessity
Deworming a dog is no comfort. It is a necessity ! You must deworm a dog regularly whether you live in a house or an apartment. The administration of the vermifuge must be done 4 times a year, that is to say every 3 months.
For puppies, the rule is different. Young dogs must be dewormed every 15 days between the age of 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Between 2 months and 6 months, the administration of the vermifuge is done every month.
It is also advisable to deworm your dog:
- every month if you have young children,
- each month if there is a fragile person in your household,
- in case of mating,
- 15 days before farrowing,
- one month after farrowing,
- in case of keeping in a kennel or boarding house,
- when traveling abroad.
Which dewormer to choose?
To deworm your dog, several formulas are proposed. Dewormers take the form:
- pipettes to be emptied at the level of the animal’s neck,
- tablets to mix with mash or croquettes,
- pasta also to mix with the dog’s meal,
- of necklace.
Even though dewormers are available over the counter, we recommend that you opt for the dewormer prescribed by the veterinarian.
Is it possible to opt for a natural dewormer?
There are many natural dewormers that can protect your dog while taking care of his health and well-being. What are these dewormers offered by Mother Nature? Here is a non-exhaustive list.
- Pumpkin seeds are very effective against worms and more particularly the tapeworm. In general, they help dislodge worms that cling to the intestinal walls. To give the seeds to your dog, you need to grind them and add them to the meal. Plan a teaspoon for 4 kg.
- Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and an effective dewormer. For them to be eaten, simply chop them up and add them to your companion’s meal. Carrots dislodge worms settled in the mucus. In addition, they boost the immune system of canines! It is necessary to provide a carrot for large dogs and a half for small dogs.
- Dried and chopped coconut can be added to dog meals. It allows the body to evacuate worms. It is also possible to bet on coconut oil. In terms of quantity, limit yourself to a teaspoon for small dogs, 2 teaspoons for medium-sized dogs and a tablespoon for large dogs.
- Vinegar can be used on the coat to eliminate external parasites. It can also be added to food to dislodge worms present in the digestive system. Warning ! Vinegar has a strong taste. You have to limit the amount, otherwise your dog will refuse to eat.
- Turmeric helps both help the body evacuate worms and heal the damage caused thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Just add it to the meal!
- Chamomile eliminates roundworms and whipworms. It also reduces inflammation caused by the action of worms. Before using chamomile, ask your veterinarian for advice. Respect the recommended doses!
- Garlic is a natural vermifuge but be careful, it must be given in very limited quantities to dogs. prefer fresh pods and chop them. at least 15 minutes before giving them to the dog.
- Lavender and tea tree essential oils can be applied to the coat to combat external parasites. The dosage must be respected in order to reduce the risk of irritation.
Finally, be aware that if you choose a natural dewormer, it is recommended to seek advice from the veterinarian who follows your dog.