Flea and Wormer
Parasites, not a particularly nice subject to talk about, but something very important to consider when preparing for the arrival of your new puppy.
We understand that families want to protect the health of their dog but also the rest of their family, especially if they have young children.
Vets are keen to prescribe a whole cocktail of pesticides for your dog, but we will explain below how you can protect the whole family against parasites with the least amount of chemicals for your dog.
Bouncy-Doodles puppy worming process:
Our puppies will have been wormed with Panacur liquid wormer at 3, 6 and 9 weeks old.
Our puppies then have a faecal sample test done by our vets at 10 weeks of age. The faecal test is for your reassurance and ours, we would only want you to be bringing home a puppy and their puppy pack!
The results of the faecal test will be in your puppy's personal folder that will go home with you.
Information regarding using flea and wormer in the future:
This is what we recommend - if your dog doesn’t have fleas or worms, then they don’t need flea and worm products!
Flea and worm products are full of chemicals. These pesticides can cause a whole range of health problems to your dog if used regularly when not needed. Some of these health problems can be cancers, allergies, neurological problems, seizures and skin issues! Flea and wormer ‘does not’ prevent your dog from getting fleas and worms, it will ‘only’ kill them if your dog has them.
So instead we would highly recommend using a test called ‘Worm Count’. I will attach a link for the Worm Count website here.
How to use a Worm Count:
The test is very simple to use, it comes through the post, you collect three samples of morning poo (so instead of collecting the poo and popping it in the bin you put some into the little containers) and then send them back through the post. They will then email you with the results - easy!
When should you purchase your first Worm Count:
We would recommend doing a Worm Count on your puppy when they are about 14 / 15 weeks old.
Will you be able to tell whether your dog has fleas and worms without a Worm Count:
A Worm Count is for worms only, if your dog has fleas you will be able to tell, they will be overly itchy and you may see a flea on their tummy or groin or you may get bitten around your ankles.
Worms in dogs aren’t always so easy to see. You may have heard of worms in dog poo or even dogs throwing up with worms inside the sick and with lungworm you will only realise by the time your dog starts to get poorly. By this point your dog probably has quite a large infestation of worms.
By using a Worm Count you will know for sure that your dog is parasite free!
My dog has fleas / worms, what now:
If your dog has fleas we highly recommend that you do not buy any oral flea tablets! Only use spot on treatments administered at the back of your dogs neck, we have used a brand called 'Advocate' in the past.
If your dog has worms, depending on the type of parasite you dog has, we would recommend that you use either a spot on treatment, again normally something like Advocate spot on flea and wormer or Panacur wormer, oral liquid.
If you suspect your dog has parasites, it's very important to wash all bedding (and any slept on materials) on a high heat wash, keep surfaces clean and regularly hoover carpets to break their life cycle.
Always research the difference in cost from buying from the vets or the manufacturer... the vets are generally double the price.
You can buy both Advocate and Panacure online - however you will need to buy a prescription from your vet for the Advocate spot on.
Please NEVER use the chewable tablets from Nexgard, Bravecto and Simparica as they contain a chemical called Isoxazoline. Isoxazoline has been widely associated with death, neurological reactions and serious side affects!
We have tons of videos of dogs and puppies (not our own dogs) having severe, repetitive seizures after having this horrendous chemical. We worry sending these videos to new owners will cause deep distress, however I will attach a video below so you can see one of the awful side effects these products can have on our pets.
We cannot stress the importance of understanding what you’re giving to your dogs, once given you cannot undo the decision.
Natural ways to worm your dog:
There are lots of natural ways to help prevent worms!
These include adding into your dogs diet carrots, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, raw apple cider vinegar. You can also give them raw treats or chews with hair or feathers still attached.