SKIP THIS POST IF YOU HAVE A SQUIMISH STOMACH
Let’s have a Gross Conversation.
Yes, it’s the awful truth, puppies can and do tend to have worms.
Even my puppies.
Shocking, I know.
I do a lot of preventatives prior to your puppy going home.
And I clean up a lot of poop.
That’s why a good deworming schedule needs to continue even after leaving your breeder’s home.
Worms are tricky little things, becoming more and more resistant to medicines.
Our regimen here at MZBostons is biweekly dewormings.
They get Pyrantel (such as NeMex-2) at 2 and 4 weeks. This is a one-day dose and gentler on little newborn puppies tummies.
Then at 6 and 8 weeks we switch things up to Fenbendazole (Safeguard Goat Dewormer is what I use). This is a three-day course of dewormer and boy does that loosen their poop up. Yuck! But it’s a necessary mess to deal with. (Five days if you are having trouble with giardia, a whole different story…).
For example, my current older litter of puppies just went through their 3 day course on Friday the 24th thru Sunday the 26th.
Today is Tuesday, the 28th, and look at what I found. Worms. It’s still working. Cleaning those little systems out.
So if you get a puppy and bring it home and it has worms, first of all, don’t freak out. It happens.
You too can deworm your puppy/adult dog at home (links to products I use will be in the comment section below).
Just remember, dogs are gross.
They eat poop and other nasty stuff.
They just do.
They. Are. Dogs.
It’s what they do.
They are not little human fur babies, they are dogs.
And yes, they will have worms.
But it’s not the end of the world.