This is going to sound a little horrifying but you need to hear it. At some point in their life (and possibly many times) your dog is going to get worms. Parasitic worms are part and parcel of dog ownership, especially in the beginning when you haven’t gotten them trained enough to stop eating every weird and suspicious thing in sight. So, when it happens, don’t panic. It is quite treatable with the help of your vet but you need to be aware of the side effects. Today we’ll discuss the side effects of deworming a puppy so that you are prepared in advance to approach this problem like a pro!
How do I know if my puppy has worms?
The first step is identifying the problem, of course, so how do you know when your puppy has worms? In some cases there may be no signs at all and this is one reason why regular vet visits are idea. Most commonly however, there are going to be one or more of the following symptoms:
- Your doggie may be dragging their rear end on the ground or carpet a lot
- Your dog may experience diarrhea with blood in it
- Worms or worm eggs may be visible in your dogs fecal matter (though the latter may not always be visible, so when in doubt get the vet involved!)
- Your dog may vomit worms
- Stomach bloat may be present
- Your dog may exhibit an increased appetite coupled with consistent weight loss
Can my dog give me worms too?
Now that you have determined that worms are or may be the issue it is only natural to wonder if these parasites can be passed along to you or to your children. The answer is yes, though it is unlikely. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are about 10,000 reported cases a year, which is a low number when you consider that more than half of the households in the United States have at least one pet. That said, it IS possible and in about 750 cases of this blindness in at least one eye has occurred. Don’t panic, however, as the odds are pretty astronomical, just get your pet treated as soon as you see the signs and everything should be just fine. Treatment just takes a vet visit and a little bit of Panacur.
What is Panacur and how do I give it to my dog?
Panacur is a medicine commonly prescribed for many types of worms. It utilizes an active ingredient which is called fenbendazole which works by binding to proteins in worms to destabilize their cell structure. The drug itself comes in different forms, from paste to pill to even granules and it generally works quickly but how long your dog will need to take it will depend on the degree of parasite infestation. Your veterinarian will proscribe a regimen for you to follow and it should clear things up in no time.
Possible side effects
While it’s a fairly standard treatment, there are potential side effects that you will want to be aware of. Again, don’t panic, just remember that you are dealing with aggressive parasites and this medicine is strong stuff, so side effects are a possibility. That said, this medicine specifically targets parasite tissue and will generally leave your dog alone. There might be vomiting in some cases but with standard Panacur this is rare. Now, with Panacur Plus it is a different story. Panacur Plus contains extra active ingredients, specifically praziquantel and ivermectin. If your dog is taking Panacur plus and you see signs of an allergic reaction then you will want to discontinue giving it to them and see your vet immediately as continued usage can put your dog at risk of a coma or worse. Symptoms to watch for are as follows:
- Itchiness (possibly with visible hives)
- Heavy vomiting
- Cold legs
- Pale gums
If your dog shows any of these signs then they are likely having an allergic reaction so get them some veterinary attention immediately. Your vet can help to counter the symptoms and proscribe an alternative treatment in order to remediate the issue.
What you can do to help combat the side effects
Now that we have made you nervous (and that wasn’t our intention, we just want to ‘shoot straight with you so that you have the facts) we want to reiterate that you most likely will NOT see any side effects. Panacur is used effectively around the world and is considered a safe and effective treatment for parasite infestations. Check with your vet as they may have some breed-specific tips on what you can do if your dog gets an upset stomach from the medication. Most likely they will simply recommend specific foods in which you can hide the medication, such as crackers or dog-specific treats that can help to bolster the stomach so the medication can be absorbed to then do its work. Don’t worry, your dog will
“Just follow the doctor’s orders and keep that medicine schedule running”
be feeling like their old self in no time, just follow the doctor’s orders and keep that medicine schedule running like clockwork. Within 2 to 3 weeks (possibly more, your vet will know for sure) the deworming should be successful and your doggie will recover. Count on it.
Some final words
In today’s article we have discussed the side effects of deworming your dog, as well as how to determine if your dog has worms and how to recognize an allergic reaction should one occur. Take this knowledge to heart and let it chase away the panic. Every dog gets worms at some point so just know that it will pass… your furry friend is going to be just fine. So do what your vet says and be sure to make a follow up visit to ensure the worms are gone and your dog will be better in no time!