“Can I use a de-wormer on my heavily pregnant dog?” I recently came across that question on a forum and thought it needed answering, especially since the wrong answer could be so detrimental to the dog’s health. Deworming dogs is one of those things that owners should not try to do themselves. The online world wants you to believe that deworming dogs is as simple as getting a broad spectrum product and giving it to the dog. That is not the case. Deworming dogs is so much more than that, and if an owner doesn’t know what they’re doing, they either won’t treat the worms or they can harm their dog.
Can I use a de-wormer on my heavily pregnant dog?
As I said above, I recently came across a question on a forum about a heavily pregnant dog with worms in her stool. To my dismay, the owner was asking what kind of dewormer could be used on the dog. The answer to that is none of them. This is an especially good example of why it’s important to see the vet if your dog has worms. In this case, the owner attempting to deworm the dog could not only result in the worms NOT being properly treated; the owner could actually harm the unborn pups.
Properly deworming dogs takes experience, testing, and knowledge of the right deworming agent to give. If a dog presents with worms, taking him to the vet is the only real way to be 100% sure that the worms are properly treated. A stool sample will be taken to determine which worm is present and if any other worms are present. After that, a deworming protocol will be prescribed that best suits the worms in question.
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled – which should be kept – to be sure that all worms in the dog’s stool have been destroyed. It is both unsafe and not as effective to attempt to treat worms without knowing which kind they are. In general, it’s a good idea to see the vet whenever anything is going on INSIDE the dog’s body.
Deworming Dogs or Any Other Internal Treatments Need a Vet
It can be tempting to hit the internet for a source of a cheap dewormer or some holistic essential oil remedy for deworming dogs and other internal issues, but it is a dangerous game to play. If you find a treatment online, chances are it’s from a company who really wants you to buy their product or from some person whose grandmother used to do XYZ to treat worms. Of course, a veterinary appointment and treatment for worms can cost a little money, but it’s the only way to ensure adequate, effective, and safe treatment.
Deworming dogs is not something any owner should attempt on their own. As a former employee in the veterinary workforce, I can say this with certainty. The best course of action is always to see the vet if you suspect your dog has worms.