Worms. It's not something that most dog-owners want for their beloved pups; but unfortunately, it's something that happens all too often. Worms and other parasites aren't just disgusting to think about, they are also potentially dangerous. At the first suspicion—or sight—of worms, you should take action quickly, so that your family pet doesn't suffer from upset tummy, grumpy behavior, or death.
There are several ways to treat worms in dogs. Some of the more common methods include:
1. Pumpkin Seeds
The delightful treat humans eat during the fall and winter are surprisingly effective at treating worms in dogs. Pumpkin seeds contain amino acids, which paralyze worms in the digestive track. Once paralyzed, the worms are expelled through bowel movements.
You can feed your dog pumpkin seeds directly, if they like the flavor. Just make sure you do not feed your pup the salted, processed variety. If your canine friend doesn't like the taste of pumpkin seeds, grind some up in a food processor and mix it in with their food.
To treat worms, you should give your pup pumpkin seeds—either whole or ground—twice daily. According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, you should feed your pooch one teaspoon of the seeds per 10 pounds of body weight. For example, a 20-pound dog would be fed two teaspoons twice daily.
Chamomile is a popular herbal tea for humans. It is well-known for its relaxing properties, and many people use it to fall asleep and to ease nerves. While it can be used to calm anxious dogs, it can also be used to expel worms. It can also be used as a preventive measure to protect your dog from acquiring worms.
To use chamomile to treat worms—or another ailment—in your pup, give your dog some cooled chamomile tea. It should be fairly strong, with about four teabags per one cup of water. You can mix this tea into their water or give it to your dog directly, whichever is easier. While there is no fast rule for dosage, The Whole Dog Journal recommends feeding your pooch one tablespoon of chamomile tea every two hours until better.
Chamomile tea is considered safe for long-term use. However, if you have any doubts you should speak to your veterinarian. You should also avoid using this tea on pregnant animals, as there may some risk involved.
Finally, if you do not feel like taking the all-natural route, you can use plain de-wormers found at most supermarkets or veterinarian clinics. The oral products are by far the easiest to use. Simply get your pup relaxed and use a needle-less syringe to dispense the medication. Try to aim for the back corner of the mouth, which will prevent your dog from drooling it out.
Ridding your beloved pet of worms is, thankfully, easy. There are many methods available, some all-natural, and others traditional. If you have tried these methods and your pup still exhibits signs of worms, you should visit your veterinarian, like one at Bearss Animal Clinic, immediately.