German Shepherd Dog > Deworming (4 replies)
by gimme10mins on 05 December 2011 - 15:45
I know some people deworm their bitches about a week before they deliver then they deworm mom and pups every two weeks following. It is always a definite that mother and pup will develop some type of intestinal worm? Even if they are raised in a home environment? Also why should the puppies and mom be dewormed so often after once that doesn't preven them from getting worms again since they are the only dogs they will be around. I know hook worms come fecal matter but wouldn't that be eliminated if they are dewormed once?
by SitasMom on 05 December 2011 - 16:06
this might help.....
by Two Moons on 05 December 2011 - 19:23
Most people no, maybe just the ones you've talked too.
I check for worms in the fall but only worm if needed.
I never give a pregnant bitch any shots or worming while she's carrying pups or nursing.
Yes worms are in the environment and I do always worm pups but not until they go for first vaccinations and are checked out, momma too.
Round worms are usually present and because mine free range and eat mice and moles and whatever else they can catch I check for tapes.
Most people don't worm that often and checking is better than giving something without the need for it.
by kitkat3478 on 07 December 2011 - 16:12
by Weezy on 07 December 2011 - 18:57
|This is a good guidline from the AVA. It doesn't list the side effects on there though.|
For pregnat dogs, Tapewormers can cause the death of the fetus. I never give tapewormer to ready to breed or pregnant females. I Learned the hard way.
Most wormers don't kill the egg cycle of the worms and eggs can hatch and be mature worms laying eggs in 10-14 days from worming. I reworm at 10 days. I alter wormers from Strongid T and Panacure in the hopes that resistance to one wormer is minimized. My older pups/adult dogs are on once a month heart prevention. They also get either Strongid T or panacur periodically through the year. If you have tape worm problems it is due to fleas and the dogs possibly eating rabbits/ rats that carry these parasites. Worming once kills these tapeworms and the dog breaks them down and basically digests them, hence you never seem to see a load of tapeworms passed like you do rounds and pin worms. You worm for tapes as you see them. They can grow quite large in the intestine (stealing nutrition) and pass segments constantly. you see them as dried looking grains of rice on the anal area, in the hair or on the dogs stools. sometimes moving segments on a fresh stool. They dry up and almost seem to disappear in older stools, awaiting their next host to ingest them to start all over again. My dogs are also maintained on a flea/tick once a month prevention. I have had very few problems with tapeworms since doing that years ago. The only one I had to tapeworm on a 2-3 month cycle was one that loved to catch and eat rabbits.
No matter how often you keep your adult females wormed, they still pass round worm eggs to the unborn and to the nursing pups through the milk. You can control them, seems we can never actually eliminate them.