[HOW TO] Get Rid Of Puppy Worms Today

Puppy WormsYou care about your pup, otherwise you wouldn’t be here. You can take care of your dog by giving him lots of cuddles, his favorite treats, playing with him in the field, etc. But, you can also show your friend how much you care by taking care of his health. Specifically, worms.

There are many different kinds of worms that can infect your dog and make him uncomfortable. In some dogs, the presence of worms is clear, whereas other dogs tend to not show any signs of discomfort. Therefore, the best way to make sure your dog stays healthy and happy is to arm yourself with all of the information you can about worms. That’s why we’re here.

As a puppy, your little bundle of joy can very easily come into contact with different kinds of worms that will affect his overall health and quality of life. Worms, if left untreated, can cause problems such as a ruptured bowel and nutrition problems. Some kinds are more harmful than others, but all should be taken seriously to ensure the health and safety of your puppy and yourself.

How do puppies get worms?

Much like many human viruses and bugs, worms can be gotten from a variety of sources, the most common one being the mother. This is because the mother is infected while she is pregnant and passes the condition on to her puppies, most of the time without even knowing it. Other ways that puppies and dogs can get worms are:

  • eating feces or other substances that are infected with worms
  • by coming into contact with fleas that are infected with worms
  • by being in warm and humid conditions with damp and worm-filled soil
  • by being in humid areas with plenty of infected insects that will bite your dog
  • by coming into contact with feces from infected wild animals

By keeping an eye out to ensure that your puppy stays away from these kinds of factors, you’ll be able to greatly reduce his chances of getting infected. Prevention is always the first step!


My puppy has worms, what do I do?

You might wonder do all puppies have worms – answer is almost all. If you discover that your puppy has worms, the first thing to remember is to stay calm. Continue loving your puppy and remember that this is a treatable condition, not a death sentence.

Worms in puppies are common when the mother comes from rough or unknown circumstances, so don’t feel as if you haven’t done a good job taking care of him. You are not to blame! The next steps will help you get your furry friend back into shape in no time:

1. Determine what kind of worm it is. There are several kinds, the most common being roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, hookworms and heartworms. You can read up on characteristics of the worms online and get detailed photos so you can determine this.
2. Collect a worm sample in the feces of your dog. Many of these worms look identical, so when you take your puppy into the vet for treatment, try to bring a sample of the worm in with you. The vet will be able to confirm what kind of worm it is.
3. Document any kind of reactions that your dog is having, any symptom that he is suffering from. Remember, you know your puppy better than anyone, so you’ll see when he is doing something out of the ordinary.
4. Ask your vet for a blood test to confirm the presence of worms. This will put you and the vet’s mind at ease with the black and white confirmation.
5. Act quickly. The longer the infection goes on, the more dangerous it can be to his wellbeing and quality of life. Even if you are not sure, do the above steps and remember that overreacting is part of being a puppy parent.
6. A puppy with worms will be treated with the right kind of antibiotic to clear his system. After the illness has been destroyed, you’ll have to work to prevent it from reoccurring. This can be done through yearly prevention shots and avoiding the risk factors mentioned above.

Here are the five most common kinds of worms in puppies, complete with warning signs, descriptions, and things to watch for. This will help you make your initial diagnosis so you know to get your puppy some professional help.


These are the most common kinds of worms that are found in puppies. They come from the mother, as mentioned, and can infect both puppies and adult dogs. They can cause serious infections when the larvae hatch and travel to the intestines of the puppy as they mature.

 If left untreated, he can have nutrition and health issues that can lead to a life threatening infection in the digestive tract. Roundworms can be spotted in the feces and vomit of your puppy and will be small in size, but frequent. 

You’ll be able to spot them easily if keeping an eye on your dog’s feces, a relief to all of those puppy parents out there.

Symptoms of roundworms can include:
• potbellied appearance (you’ll be able to distinguish it from the adorable round, puppy fat belly that your furry friend is born with)
• a scrawny and thin appearance
• digestion problems (vomiting, stomach upset)
• extreme hunger
• no appetite

As with all worms, be careful not to touch the worm-infested feces with your bare hands. They can be transmitted and cause problems in humans too, especially children. Your health and safety are as crucial to that of your puppy!


Odds are you will have heard of these kinds of worms. They are common in humans and work quite the same way. They are primarily spread by eating infected feces from a wild animal or another dog. They can also be picked up from fleas that are ingested by your furry friend while he bathes himself.

 Tapeworms are most commonly seen in feces. They are yellow in color and tend to look like mucus or other excrement.

Here are some symptoms to watch for:
• Obsessive licking of the bottom/genital area
• scooting across the floor (he will have a itchy bum and want to scratch it)
• diarrhea
• yellowing on the genital area (this is actually dead and dying tapeworms that come out in the feces and stick to his bum)

As with the human equivalent, they can cause digestive problems and lead to many digestive tract problems. A puppy with worms should be treated as soon as possible to make sure he stays healthy.


While most can find worms in puppy poop, you may find that your puppy is showing symptoms of being sick with no sign of anything in his feces. Whipworms are extremely difficult to diagnose due to the fact that they don’t tend to make much of an appearance in dog feces.

 Your vet will have to do most of the legwork in this diagnosis with specific tests to confirm the diagnosis and treat the condition. These common worms are thick at the top and thin at the bottom, imitating a whip and earning its name.

Symptoms include:
• lack of weight gain
• weight loss
• chronic diarrhea

This is a serious condition that is often found in puppies and dogs after eating or rolling in wild animal feces or other vermin.


This is one of the most severe kinds of worms in puppies as it can cause blood infections that can be potentially fatal, especially in puppies. These kinds of worms are very common and have no area or region that they stick to.

As with the others you’ve been learning about, these worms are often contracted from infected grass and soil in a dog pen/park, or from feces of another animal that is infected. Here are signs to watch for:
• loss of appetite
• anemia
• skin and fur irritation (the fur will be dull and dry)

In seeing anemia in your dog (look for pale gums and tongue), you puppy should be taken for medical attention immediately, as it is a very serious sign.


As you can guess from the name, this is the most severe and life threatening kind of worm your dog can have. Unlike the others, it always is serious and quite often can be fatal to your furry friend.

Just take a look at the symptoms and you’ll see the severity of it for yourself:
• chronic coughing
• anemia
• heart failure

The treatment for heartworms is long and expensive, not to mention painful for you and your furry friend. Prevention is key in this kind of worm. 

Worms are always serious and should be treated accordingly. If you’re thinking “My puppy has worms”, don’t panic. Follow the steps, consult a vet, and your puppy will be well on the road to recovery. The important thing is to look for worms in poop and remember that puppies with worms are common. Watch for the signs and you’ll be fine.

Puppy Worms Treatment – Deworming

Treating puppy worms is surprisingly easier than you would think!  A puppy is given a wormer orally, and then again in a couple of weeks.  This can be between 2 or 3 weeks depending on the type of worm you are battling against.

Puppy dewormer can be purchased from your vet, and they can even administer it for you to your puppy so you don’t have to worry about doing it correctly. However, wormers from your vet is not the only place you can get it done!

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Both online pet stores and brick and mortar stores will have safe puppy dewormers that you can purchase at the same price and sometimes even cheaper than your vet clinic!  Make sure you get the dosage right for the size and age of your puppy and dose as often as the package requires so that the parasites in all life stages are eradicated from his body.

Dewormers that are both over the counter and from your vet are typically fenbendazole or ivermectin. If you have a dog that is a herding breed, a mixed breed with the possibility of a herding breed in his genes, or of totally questionable origins, you should be weary of using ivermectin. Dogs of these breeds, such as Border Collies and Australian Shepherds have a high chance of carrying the gene called MDR1 which makes them hypersensitive to many pesticides and anti-parasitic treatments, which can cause seizure, blindness and death.

Outside of these typical commercially available wormers, there are holistic
approaches you can take as well. Just like any other treatment, there are risks to using an herbal dewormer. Primarily that the dosage is not correct and it does not relieve your puppy fully of the parasites.

However, if you do decide to use a holistic, herbal treatment option such as wormwood tinctures, a change in his diet will usually also be necessary to make sure the worms will be completely shed from his body.  Adding items such as fresh cut garlic cloves in the appropriate amount will help his body stay worm free.

No matter what approach you decide to take to help get rid of puppy worms, it must be done!  If left untreated your puppy can become extremely ill and open for secondary infections and infestations, leading to life threatening ailments.

Keep your puppy safe and worm free so that you two can enjoy a life long of healthy friendship together!

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  3. HEPA filters can help a lot, as can keeping your pet out of certain areas of the home. A commitment to cleanliness — both for your living space and by frequently bathing your pet — will also make a big difference. And if you clearly convey to your doctor how important your pet is to you, often they’ll try harder to come up with a treatment that will allow you to coexist in harmony.

  4. Hello, my name is Loretta. I have a 7 month old puppy. He is very energetic. He has fleas and somehow has worms. he eats dry puppy food, but always wants human food, which to me is a no no. I was wondering if you could help me on how to kill the worms. it really irritates him as he constantly scratches himself while whining. Maybe a home rememdy or something that could help.

    • Thanks for connecting to Mysweetpuppy.net. Please keep in mind that I, Claudia Bensimoun, do not write any of the blogs or reviews on this website, nor have I in the past. I only answer the comments section.Your puppy will need to visit a veterinarian for a complete health check and vaccinations. Intestinal parasites are treated by your veterinarian who will do fecal examinations, followed by treatments.Your veterinarian will also do skin testing to eliminate other causes related to the itching. A flea and tick treatment is usually recommended by your veterinarian as well. You will need to eliminate the fleas that are on your dog, as well as in your home.

  5. We have two toddlers. I am regularly treating my new pup for worms every two weeks. My daughter-in-law wants to know if the pup will eventually be ‘worm free.’ Please help me reassure her.

    • Thanks for connecting to Mysweetpuppy.net. Please keep in mind that I, Claudia Bensimoun, do not write any of the blogs or reviews on this website, nor have I in the past. I only answer the comments section.Intestinal parasites are very common in pups.This is so because larvae is passed through the placenta or mother’s milk. Worms are common, and pups today are treated with a broad- spectrum dewormer as a routine preventative measure. Your veterinarian will do fecal examinations, and additional worming treatments every 2-4 weeks. Once 2 fecal examinations are negative, your pup is worm free. Hope this helps!

  6. My pups are nearly 3 weeks I am having a hard time giving them the pills I have broken the pill up but they hve bn spitting them out frustrating

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      Why Does Your Puppy Need Dental Care?

      Dental chews for puppies are effective in helping to keep your pup’s teeth clean. Dental care tools for pups include dental treats, puppy toothbrushes, puppy toothpastes, puppy chew toys, puppy dental gels and sprays to soften tartar and plaque, as well as dental water additives. Studies by Dr.Reiter, DMV,Chief, Dental and Oral Surgery Service, Ryan Veterinary School, University of Pennsylvania, demonstrate the importance of dental hygiene in dogs, so as to prevent periodontal disease in dogs. ” Bacterial infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth causes inflammation of the gums, the ligaments that anchor the teeth, and the surrounding bone. If gum (periodontal) disease goes untreated, teeth can be lost due to the loss of their supporting tissues. This is the major reason for tooth loss in dogs.” via Merck Veterinary Journal.

      “The most important thing to remember is that gum disease will not develop around clean teeth. At-home methods to keep your pet’s teeth clean, such as toothbrushing and diet, along with regular dental examinations, are the best ways to help prevent gum disease. Daily toothbrushing is best, but wiping the teeth with a gauze at least every 2–3 days can remove plaque in dogs that do not allow toothbrushing. Only the outside surface of the teeth needs to be brushed or wiped. Toothpastes made for people should not be used. Your veterinarian might recommend foods, toys, and treats to help clean plague off of teeth. Reliable recommendations for treats and food that can help control plague are available,” adds Dr.Reiter, via Merck Veterinary Journal.

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      How Do I Brush My Puppies’ Teeth?

      There’s no better time than beginning during puppyhood.Today the dental section at pet stores and online has evolved. With added dental sprays and gels, raw bones and dental chews, pet parents are realizing just how important canine dental hygiene really is. With brushless toothpaste chewables, dogs do all the work. Pet parents can also opt for regular brushing by adding a tiny bit of canine dental paste on to a canine toothbrush, and brushing gently. Finger toothbrushes are also a great way to start with until your puppy gets used to having his teeth cleaned.That said, keep in mind that dental problems are painful for dogs, and you’ll need to consult with your veterinarian for twice yearly dental cleanings for your pooch.

      Puppy Toothbrushes and Toothpaste For Puppy Dental Care

      As a puppy parent, you’ll need to keep your puppy’s teeth and gums healthy and clean. This means that you’re going to have to be diligent in dental care for your puppy. Canine toothpaste and canine toothbrushes
      contain safe and non-toxic ingredients. Toothpaste gel will break up bacteria within the mouth, teeth, and within gum pockets.

      When Can You Give Your Puppy Dental Chews?

      Dental chew toys for puppies are an effective way to compliment an already established dental care routine at home. You’ll need to brush your pup’s teeth, take your dog for regular yearly or bi-annual dental cleanings at your veterinarian, and also supplement with gels and sprays to maximize dental care. Safe dental chew toys and puppy dental treats for puppies help to strengthen teeth and keep gums healthy. They also help to scrape away loose debris that results in plaque buildup.

      How is Dental Health Linked to Disease in Dogs and Puppies?

      Studies have demonstrated that inner organ diseases are related to gum health. If your dog’s teeth are inflamed, the dog’s immune system will be busy fighting inflammation.

      Always consult with your veterinarian for the best canine dental care advice! For more information on canine dental health, visit the Veterinary Oral Health Council.

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      Dentals chews for puppies and adult dogs are wonderfully effective for keeping your pup’s teeth clean, as part of a regular canine dental program. This will include daily brushing with a canine paste and tooth brush, and with twice yearly visits to the veterinarian for cleanings. Today there are numerous options as to how to best clean your dog’s teeth. There are dental sprays and gels that can be used without a toothbrush, which work well on difficult dogs that dislike having their teeth brushed. That said, it’s best to start brushing your pup’s teeth from an early age, so that he gets used to having his mouth touched.

      Oral care products for dogs have balms and gels for canine teeth that adhere to the teeth, protecting against tartar and plaque buildup. Dental chews have an abrasive action against your dog’s teeth, in turn reducing both plaque and tartar build-up. There are also dental sticks to aid in removing plaque and tartar while a dog chews, all the while cleaning the teeth.

      Opt for puppy dental gels and puppy dental products! Dental chews are a great way to help maintain canine dental health. All puppies and dogs enjoy chewing, and if the dental chew is a high-quality product, most puppies and dogs will refrain from destructive chewing behavior.

      Here’s what to look out for when purchasing canine dental products for your puppy:

      .High-quality toothbrushes
      .Canine toothpaste
      .Dental sprays especially formulated for dogs
      .Dental foams especially formulated for dogs
      .Dental rinses especially formulated for dogs
      .Dental wipes which can be substituted for a toothbrush so as to hand clean teeth
      .Dental gels for dogs
      .Dental balms for dogs

      If your dog has really bad oral disease, there are canine dental product lines which have a maximum strength function for canine gum care and dental hygiene.

      Your Pooch May Have Dental Problems if He Does The Following:

      Symptoms of Canine Dental Problems

      Doggie Breath: If your dog’s breath smells bad, have his teeth examined by your veterinarian, and professionally cleaned.That said, this is not a substitute for brushing your dog’s teeth every day.

      Loss of Appetite: Dogs that have pain chewing, will have problems when eating. They may pick at food, or show a lack of interest in their food. This may be signs of periodontal disease.

      Drooling: Your dog’s excessive drooling may be indicative of a painful dental condition, or something that is stuck inside a tooth. In this case, it is necessary to take your dog to the veterinarian, as soon as possible. Dental pain is brutal!

      Feeling Sickly: Oral bacteria from dental problems can enter your dog’s bloodstream, and can cause multiple health problems, some of them can be serious! Damage to the kidneys, heart, liver and lungs can also occur, if canine dental treatment is not undertaken.

      There are also awesome water additives that provide pets with daily oral hygiene to fight bad breath. Gels tend to fight plaque and gingivitis. It also helps oral infection pain.

      As always, visit your veterinarian for twice yearly dental cleanings!

      For my article on dental care for pets, visit:https://booksforever1blog.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/dental-care-for-dogs-poochplan-dog-insurance-101/

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      Acute moist dermatitis, also known as “hot spots” may be common in dogs. Dermatitis involves inflammation of the skin. There may be numerous causes like external irritants, allergens, trauma or bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic infections. Your veterinarian will review your dog’s history, and try to identify the underlying causes.Veterinarians will also treat secondary infections, after completing a full physical examination of the dog. Pruritus involves abnormal itching of the skin. Skin disorders can become painful for the dog, and results with hair loss, crusting, scaling,and inflammation of the skin. If there is inflammation starting from the upper level of the skin (epidermis) that extends to a deeper level of the skin, your dog may have fluid discharge, crusty skin, and plenty of shedding. It is very important to consult with your veterinarian, so that a diagnosis is made right away, and treatment can be started. Hot spots are frustrating, and very bothersome to your dog. They also can keep coming back, and tend to be painful. Skin disorders, according to a study published in Science Daily include contagious, and non- contagious infections or infestations.

      The study adds ” Dog skin disorders are among the most common health problems in dogs.Skin disorders in dogs have many causes, and many of the common skin disorders that afflict people have a counterpart in dogs.The condition of dog’s skin and coat can also be an important indicator of its general health.Skin disorders of dogs vary from acute, self-limiting problems to chronic or long-lasting problems requiring life-long treatment.Skin disease may result from deficiencies in immune system function.Some examples include increased susceptibility to demodectic mange, recurrent skin infections, such as Malassezia infection or bacterial infections.Infectious skin diseases of dogs include contagious and non-contagious infections or infestations.Contagious infections include parasitic, bacterial, fungal and viral skin diseases.” via Wiki.org

      What causes “hot spots” in dogs?

      .Skin irritant that leads to biting, nibbling or scratching of the dog’s skin
      .Bug bites
      .Skin or ear infections
      .Dirty coats

      How To Treat Skin Disorders?

      We all adore our dogs, and there’s nothing worse than seeing them uncomfortably scratching. As with any skin problems in your dogs, they just don’t suddenly go away. Most tend to get worse, and an early visit to your veterinarian, is the most important thing you can do. The longer you wait to treat a skin infection, the worse it will get. Your dog will lick, chew, scratch, and also probably drive himself crazy. Many skin diseases start during a certain time of year. Your veterinarian will prescribe the right medications to allow for immediate pain relief and healing. Skin conditions in dogs are painful, and can quickly become serious.

      Your veterinarian may prescribe the following:

      .oral medications
      .antibiotic ointments
      .medicated shampoos ( works well together with prescribed medications)
      .parasitic preventatives
      .inflammatory meds

      As with all veterinary treatment, pet parents need to take heed of the directions on how to apply the medications, and how often they should be given. Medicated shampoos work best when combined with the meds. You can even leave your pooch at the veterinary clinic to have these medicated baths. These medicated shampoos need to stay on for a few minutes, and need to be rinsed off properly to ensure that there is no shampoo residue left on. This is a common reason for skin irritation in dogs. That said, there are holistic ways to help hot spots too. In my interview with Karen Rosenfeld, we discuss how Rooibos tea is beneficial to dogs, and also helps with hot spots. Keep in mind that this tea needs to be lukewarm when given to dogs in their meals or applied topically to their skin.

      Rooibos has been shown to help with allergies and hot spots, digestive issues and stress in people and dogs. Some holistic veterinarians are recommending rooibos as a safe alternative to allopathic cortisone.

      “Rooibos tea is my number one choice of herbal tea for daily use as part of a healthy diet for dogs,” says Karen. “All the dogs in my own pack have organic rooibos tea added to their meal once a day. This rich red tea is an anti-inflammatory with the power to help fight allergies and cancer, and boost the immune system.” She adds that rooibos may also help with skin and bone health, supports the heart and renal systems, and eases psychological stress.

      How to give rooibos tea to your dog?

      Rooibos is finding its way into a growing number of health products for dogs, including treats, shampoos and anti-itch oils. You can also buy rooibos as loose leaves or powder and make your own tea at home.

      “Simply brew the tea, allow it to cool, store it in a glass jar in your refrigerator, and add it to your dog’s meals,” says Karen. “The liquid tea can also be used topically in the form of a soothing rinse or soak to help ease skin discomfort like itching, scratching and hot spots, or as a soak for irritated paws. The tea powder can be combined with a little aloe vera juice to make a soothing compress.” Karen adds that you can also add rooibos to your dog’s diet by making your own treats.

      In my article published in Animal Wellness, I concluded that Rooibos Tea had the following benefits:

      Potential Rooibos Benefits included the following:

      • It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-viral.

      • Relieves stress – it’s naturally relaxing.

      • It’s anti-spasmodic and can help soothe an upset stomach.

      • Rooibos tea is rich in minerals such as calcium, manganese and fluoride for good bone health.

      • This tea has anti-mutagenic properties and may fight cancer.

      • Rooibos boosts blood circulation and helps prevent hemorrhaging.

      • It’s great for skin and helps with the treatment of hot spots, itching and dry skin.

      For more on Rooibos Tea For Hot Spots In Dogs, visit:https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/rooibos-tea-a-healing-brew-for-you-and-your-dog/

      Pet parents can also add active minerals, vitamins, trace minerals, prebiotics, proteins,lignans,enzymes,and antioxidants by adding supplements like BioVites. This also helps promote good skin health, sustain bone, tissue and muscle maintenance, and overall health in dogs. For more about supplements and good skin health, visit:https://biologicvet.ca/products/biovites/

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