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Controlling worms in dogs is not impossible. Regular visits to a vet, frequent check-ups and adequate precautions ensure that your pets are healthy and worm free.
The most common worms that infect dogs are intestinal that is they dwell in the intestines and cause severe health problems, if not treated in time, such as roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, tapeworms and whipworms. Roundworms and hookworms are seen more often in puppies; whereas heartworms, tapeworms and whipworms in older dogs.
The major symptoms of worms in dogs are:- Mouth odor or "puppy breath"; diarrhea; anemia; vomiting; weight loss; poor appetite; low energy levels; white segments in dog feces etc.
Feeding a dog uncooked or raw meat or fish; eating infected stools, soil contaminated with worms; contracting it through the placenta of an infected mother; by tree hole mosquitoes; by ingesting infected flies, fleas, lice, rodents and rabbits are some causes of worms in dogs.
For getting rid of worms in dogs without chemical means, you can try giving a couple of tablespoons of crushed seeds of white pumpkin or garlic mixed with fennel or 2 tablespoons of oat bran, turnips or raw carrots with each meal. Besides this, wormwood has calmative properties; clove is an anti-parasitic; Oregon grapes; peppermint and cinnamon; aloe leaves are other excellent products and effective home remedies for dog worms.
Although vets recommend timely vaccination and treating your pet dogs every 6 months for roundworms and tapeworms but the best dog worm treatment is prevention. For any queries, issues or advice on worms in dogs, talk to our dog vets right away for immediate solution.