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Worms in dogs: what happens during a worming treatment?


Worms in dogs should definitely be treated by the veterinarian. But how does the worm cure work? And what are the chances that your dog will recover afterwards? Here you will find everything you need to know about the treatment. The vet can best help your dog with a worm attack - Image: Shutterstock / CREATISTA

The causes of worms in dogs can be quite different. As soon as you notice the first symptoms, you should see the vet as soon as possible for a clear diagnosis. The doctor can then determine whether it is actually a parasite infestation and a worming treatment is necessary, or whether there are other more serious diseases.

How does a worm cure work?

If worms are actually responsible for the symptoms, the vet will certainly recommend a worming treatment. Because the parasites can be dangerous not only for the animal itself, but also for humans, especially for small children. When deworming, your dog receives special medications that ensure that the parasites die. Depending on the nature and state of health of the four-legged friend, the veterinarian administers the medication with a syringe or you give it to your darling in tablet form or as a paste. However, you need to make sure your dog doesn't spit out the medication.

The duration of treatment can vary from drug to drug. Incidentally, the worming treatments available today are all well tolerated by dogs and can be used without hesitation.

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Forecast: will your dog get well again?

Whether your dog will recover after the worming treatment depends on the condition of your dog, whether the parasite infestation was noticed in good time and what type of worms it is. If your four-legged friend is fundamentally healthy, the parasites will hardly harm him permanently. However, if you overlook the symptoms and the worm infestation leads to infections and complications such as pneumonia, the prognosis may also be worse. In addition to the worming treatment, your veterinarian will then take further treatment measures so that your darling is soon better off.

To prevent worms in the dog, a regular preventive worming is recommended. The frequency is based on the individual infection risk of the dog, according to the European Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (ESCCAP). However, the worming should take place at least once a year. Ask the veterinarian how often preventive treatment is useful for your dog.

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