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Not long ago we attempted to obtain a comprehensive view of canine parasite prevalences by conducting a national survey. We used a centrifugal fecal flotation method to sample shelter dogs from all geographic regions of the United States. The survey was the first of its kind and provided helpful information on national and regional prevalences of canine gastrointestinal parasites.
The canine hookworm, Ancylostoma caninum, was observed most often (19.19 percent) in all dogs. Toxocara canis the common round worm (14.54 percent), and Trichuris vulpis the whipworm (14.3 percent) were both observed and both of them had similar frequencies.
Quite surprisingly, over 35 percent of all dogs, and say 52 percent of dogs sampled from states in the South East of the United States harbored at least one major intestinal worm parasite. The number of dogs harboring combinations of parasites was also surprising. Worthy of note is the fact that 1.39 percent of these dogs harbored all three major intestinal nematode species.
This statistic show you why you ought to regularly deworm your dogs to save them from discomfort.
Now to the different worms plaguing your canine companion. it’s only imperative that you know your enemies by name; surely Sun Tzu will approve. These worms fall into two categories: Platyhelminthes and Nematodes. They are as follows;
Here are some common scenarios in which dogs can contract worms:
Mosquito bites, which can lead to heartworms
Dog feces, where roundworm eggs grow.
Contaminated soil, sand or grass which can result in whipworms.
Fleas or rodents, which can result in tapeworms.
Licking their skin or coat, which may potentially lead to hookworms.
How do I know if my dog has worms?
Coughing, diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy are the general signs the dog has worms. Other symptoms depend on the type of worm with which the dog is infected.
Given below is a comprehensive list on how to know if your dog has worms based on each of the major parasites:
Tapeworms: Rice or spaghetti-like worms in feces and “scooting” its bottom on the ground
Whipworms: Diarrhea and weight loss
Hookworms: Pale gums
If you want to give your vet an idea of what is happening with your pet, these are some of the primary symptoms to watch for.
Heartworms are the most dangerous, so you ought to give your canine companion a regular treatment for heartworms. They are more difficult to detect and lead to death faster than other parasitic worms. Heartworms cause internal bleeding in the heart and lungs of your canine friend.
Now to the drugs you could use to deworm your dog. They are generally classified into the following groups:
*Liquid Dog Dewormer
*Dewormer for puppies
*Dewormer for small dogs
*Overall Dog Dewormer
Dog worms can be easily treated, as long as they are diagnosed on time, attacked and treated before the onset of advanced stages of infestation.
For tapeworms in dogs, the medication breaks up tapeworms inside of the intestinal tract, making them too small to see in the feces
For roundworms found in dogs, the medication separates the worms from the intestinal tract, and then excretes them into and with the stool.
For hookworms in dogs, the medication attacks and kills the adult hookworms only. Again, 2 to 4 weeks of treatment is recommended to treat the hookworms that were only babies during the first treatment.
For ringworm usually found on the surface of the skin of dogs, antifungal solutions can be prescribed. shampoos and lime-sulfur dips can also be prescribed along with the shaving or severely affected areas
For whipworms in dogs, medication can be prescribed in intervals of 3 to 4 weeks and then further medications can be administered every 3-4 months to help prevent a re-infestation.
For heartworms in dogs, and depending upon the seriousness of the infestation, injectable medications and oral remedies, such as antibiotics, diuretics and special diets are prescribed to reduce the accumulation of fluid. An extended prescription of heart medication is even applied in extreme or severe cases.
Having said all these, it’s time to list out the best five dewormers for dogs.
Best Five Dewormers for dogs
1. Safeguard Canine Dewormer.
This 8 in 1 pack Provides us with a really effective treatment against all sorts of stomach worms Including tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. It comes in a sachet and should be taken 3 times daily for maximum effect. This dewormer is majorly suited for pregnant dogs, young puppies, heartworm infected dogs and all dogs that are likely to be easily vulnerable.
2. Merck Animal Health Panacur C Canine DeWormer
This fan favorite is one of the best Dewormers you can find in the market. It is used to Treat roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. It is available as 1Gm, 2Gm and 4Gm powder packets. It is not good for puppies, but is safe for dogs older than 6 weeks.
3. Bayer Quad Dewormer
This dewormer is one of the most sold on Chewy and Amazon and that is because it obviously works, and quickly too.. Results are typically seen within 24 hours of administration. It is suitable for treating hookworms, whipworms, roundworms and tapeworms. The tablets are also easy to hide in food if the dog finds it irritating or annoying.
4. Nemex 2
Nemex 2 is another prolific dewormer used by most dog owners. Many of them after using it said that it’s unlikely that they’ll change to another dewormer as it proves to be very effective. The Nemex 2 dewormer eliminates roundworms and hookworms in adult dogs and puppies. It is made from Pyrantel Paramoate, and it essentially immobilizes the worm. Then the worm can be passed out in stool. It is Ideal for small dogs but also approved for use in pregnant females. It can also be given directly or mixed with food.
It is safe, palatable and convenient among other things. Definitely a dewormer your dog wouldn’t mind having.
5. Panacur C.
Panacur C is another brand that gives succour from roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms, which are some of the most common types of worms your dog is likely to suffer from as well as giardia which is a really nasty intestinal infection.
Just Like other similar and Natural brands, it also allows for it to be sprinkled on top of the dog’s food. The powder Contains a major ingredient called fenbendazole, a chemical which kills parasites by binding them to a parasitic Protein which in turn damages the cell structure and integrity of the parasite, thereby causing it to die.
It is contained in a powder form to be applied. The powder contains a key ingredient called fenbendazole, which kills parasites by binding to a parasitic protein, which damages the cell integrity and cell structure of the parasite, causing it to die off. Whichever dewormer you choose to use, do know that your dog would be in good hands as the above listed are some of the best in the market. And of co