All worms cause some ill health in dogs. This is not surprising when you consider the nature of a parasite that lives off others and contributes nothing in
return. A parasite obviously wants to go on living in a healthy host so it won't lose its free meal ticket but if that host gets run down, the mutual balance of parasite and host can get out of kilter and the
worm ends up thriving at the expense of the host. The result a very sick pup or dog.
Their are different types of worms which can affect your pet, their are tablets available for them. A pup should be wormed every fortnight for the first three months and then monthly
until the age of six months. Then every three months after that. It should be advised that the client purchases worming syrup or tablets from their vet.
A heavily worm infested pup will be pot bellied with its skin stretched tight and the bones sticking out. It develops chronic diarrhea, lackluster eyes and may cough from worms getting
caught in the throat. due to the migrating larvae. Understandably, it looks depressed and cannot play like other pups. Suggest a vet check.
When an infected mosquito bites your dog, it injects larvae into the dog's system. These larvae undergo several bodily changes until the last stage when
they migrate to the heart and settle in the heart chamber and coronary blood vessels. When they become mature adult worms, the females will begin to secrete hundreds of tiny larvae into the blood stream, especially
around dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are biting. This process takes about five months.
Then when another mosquito bites your dog, it takes up the larvae with it and these undergo changes within the body of the mosquito for a period of 14 - 21 days until they become
infective and are transferred to another dog by mosquito bite, to begin the cycle all aver again. Dogs with the disease may show no symptoms while others tire easily and get a cough. If worms enter the right atrium
of the heart, they cause the blood to churn up and the red cells become ruptured. As a result, the dog becomes severely distressed and passes red urine. If the dog is seen immediately by the vet, treatment which is
expensive and tedious is possible. Prevention is better than cure.
The disease is a terrible one, but it can so easily be avoided by the administration of heart worm preventative tablets. You have a choice of daily or
monthly tablets. The former must be given every day without fail but are cheaper than the more convenient monthly tablets. All can be purchased in a palatable, chewable form if your dog is difficult to dose. Start a
puppy at six weeks of age on heart worm preventative. Never start a dog over six months of age on heart worm preventative tablets without a blood test first because, if there are larvae in the blood stream, the dog
can die of shock. A routine blood test will check that there are no larvae circulating in the blood. See your Vet.