How to Protect Your Dog or Puppy From Parasites

By eHow Pets Editor


ernal and external parasites adversely affect quality of life and can pose serious health problems. Outlined below are measures that you can take to protect your dog.

Things You'll Need:

  • Dental Kits (for Dogs)
  • Dog Brushes
  • Dog Carriers
  • Dog Collars
  • Dog Leashes
  • Dog Medication
  • Dog Shampoo
  • Flea And Tick Dog Shampoo
  • Dogs
  • Veterinarian


Step 1:

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for an exam. Request information about and diagnostic tests for parasites common to your area.

Step 2:

Treat as recommended and use products designed to prevent reinfestation.

Step 3:

Give your puppy wormer at three weeks of age; 80 percent of puppies have roundworms.

Step 4:

Avoid exposure to strays and don't exercise your pet in areas that attract lots of dogs.

Step 5:

Prevent your dog from eating feces from other dogs or other animals. Contact with fecal material from another dog is the most common way for a dog to get intestinal parasites.

Tips & Warnings

  • Select products that control all stages of the flea on your dog and in the home. Pay attention to what is safe for the environment and around your kids.
  • Regular bathing and grooming will keep you aware of any external parasites, but blood and fecal tests are required to diagnose internal parasites.
  • Eliminating tapeworms requires medication available only from the veterinarian.
  • Avoid over-the-counter products and home remedies. These are generally less effective and may be dangerous.

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Comments (1)
May 18, 2009 Cricket7
As well as treating intestinal worms, please be aware of "heart" worms... these are extremely fatal to a dog if not treated in time. This disease is contracted through infected mosquitoes so, unless you live in a climate where there are absolutely no mosquitoes, please have your pets on heartworm prevention. It is important to have your dog tested for this disease and have them on a monthly, year-round heartworm preventative. Simple to administer, they come in yummy chewables and all my pets love them! This is very important for cats, too, since there are no treatments for cats with heartworm disease.
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