One of the more frightening, yet common, issues dog owners and their beloved pets face is worm infestations. There are four common worms that affect dogs: whipworms, tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms. All four can lead to significant health problems for your dog if an infection gets out of control.
Fortunately, there are more than a few steps you can take to help your canine companion avoid problems with worms. All it takes is a bit of vigilance on your part, and an understanding of how worms are transmitted to your dog. With that in mind, here are a few tips that will help avoid problems.
Tidy Up Your Dog’s Living Space
Fleas and rodents are known carriers of tapeworms. Tidying up your dog’s living area, especially the space where he sleeps, can help dissuade fleas and rodents from hanging about in the area. This is especially important if your dog sleeps outdoors. In particular, you’ll want to wash your dog’s bedding at least once a week. Any faeces in the area should be cleaned up as soon as possible.
Steer Clear of Faeces
Faeces can contain millions of roundworm or hookworm eggs. The most difficult part in this is that these eggs can lay dormant in soil for months, even as faeces has already dried and decomposed. This may pose a problem when dogs eat food scraps off of the ground during walks. There are even times when a dog may eat faeces directly. If you see any during your walks, play it safe and take the long way around.
Keep Fido Indoors
If you have no issues with the idea, try keeping your dog indoors as much as possible. This should be relatively easy if your dog has already been potty trained and is of an appropriate size. After all, regulating indoor environments is much easier than trying to regulate outdoor environments.
Aside from these steps, taking your dog to your vet for regular check-ups is a great way to help keep your furry friend healthy. Our Pet Health Plan is an excellent way of getting timely and affordable preventative care to help avoid problems with worms.
Worming your dog, yourgdog.co.uk
Intestinal worms in dogs, bluecross.org.uk