puppy development: 2 weeks old

dog facts: puppy development: 2 weeks old
Puppy Deworming
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  • at two weeks old, you should begin talking with your veterinarian about your puppy's deworming
Deworming Your Puppy

since all puppies are born with intestinal worms, deworming should start as early as 2 weeks old, and should continue until he is at least 6 months old. after this period, you only have to observe your dog if parasites are still present in his body.

Roundworms in Dogs
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How to Deworm a Puppy:

  1. Deworming puppies should start by visiting your vet to get a prescription dewormer. Over-the-counter deworming medications work, but prescription drugs have just about the right strength to kill any type of parasite safely. 
  2. Remember that there are various types of dewormers whose dosage depend on the puppy's weight. This is why it is important to consult your veterinarian before deworming your puppy at home. 
  3. You should routinely deworm your puppy (or have your puppy dewormed by your vet). Follow this schedule of deworming for puppies: at 2 weeks old, 4 weeks old, 6 weeks old, 8 weeks old, 12 weeks old (3 months old), 4 months old, 5 months old, 6 months old, then after every 3 - 4 months in the succeeding months with a broad spectrum dewormer (optionally depending on your dog's health).
  4. After 6 months of deworming has passed and you suspect that your puppy still has worms, then you should take him to the vet to be checked in case he has other illnesses that have symptoms similar to intestinal worms. (symptoms of intestinal worms in puppies: excessive coughing, bloody stool, bloated stomach). you can also take your dog's fecal sample to your vet to have it checked for worms.
  5. Also seek the advice of your vet regarding anti-parasitic deworming puppy home remedies such as pumpkin seeds (raw unsalted). 

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