How Long Will My Puppy Poop Worms After Deworming?

Question: How Long Will My Puppy Poop Worms After Deworming?

Depending on how bad the initial worming problem is, it may take between two to twelve hours for all the worms to leave the body (don’t worry, they’re dead). In more severe cases, repeat treatments and a trip to the vet may be required, although you may notice worms in your puppy’s stool for up to two weeks. 

How Do Puppies Get Worms? 

There are multiple ways your puppy has picked up worms and it’s concerning just how easy it is. Intestinal parasites can be contracted through accidental ingestion (of the soil), from infected animals (such as birds, rabbits, sheep, etc.), self-grooming, fleas (known to carry tapeworm larvae), mother to pup (during nursing) and mosquitos (heartworm passed through a bite). 

That’s why it’s crucial that you take worming seriously and protect not only your favorite pooch but your human family through regular deworming. 

Knowing The Signs 

There are a number of common symptoms dogs will experience when they have suspected intestinal worms. The most common include:

  • Coughing 
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Pot-belly appearance 
  • Decreased appetite 
  • Weight loss
  • “Scooting” 
  • Worms visible in feces 
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If left untreated, intestinal worms can damage your pup’s organs and in more serious cases, may lead to death. If you notice any of these symptoms a trip to the visit may be necessary. 

The Deworming Process

Regardless of whether they have intestinal worms or not, puppies should be dewormed very early in their life, usually at weeks two, four, six, eight, ten and twelve. After the twelve-week mark, your puppy should be treated every three months for the rest of their lives. 

The deworming treatment generally comes in either a tablet or chewable form. If your dog is fussy, it can be helpful to wrap it in a treat or smother some peanut butter over it to make it more appealing. Most importantly, ensure your pooch eats the entire tablet and if they’re prone to spitting out food, keep an eye on them for several minutes or so afterwards. 

Once taken, the treatment should work immediately and may take between two to twelve hours for all the intestinal worms to leave the body. If, after two weeks, you are still noticing worms or unusual symptoms with your puppy, there may be something else going on and a trip to the vet is usually a good idea to get them checked out. 

Can I Contract Worms From My Puppy?

Yes. Unfortunately, humans can contract worms from their dogs, including roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. To avoid contracting worms, wash your hands after handling puppies, always wash your hands after handling after picking up dog feces, and maintain overall good hygiene. If you suspect your pup has worms, it may be best to sleep apart until they have had effective treatment. And yes, I mean you sleep on the couch while your pooch sleeps on the bed. Duh. 

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The Importance of Deworming 

“A healthy dog is a happy dog”: a common, yet incredibly important phrase. Regardless of whether they are an inside or outside dog, deworming your pet is your responsibility as a pet owner. Puppies, especially, are susceptible to intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and heartworms. Avoid a trip to the vets, establish a schedule and use this simple preventative treatment to keep you and your dog healthy and happy.

How long does it take for a puppy to get rid of worms? 

If infected with worms, the first dose of deworming will kill the worms living inside them within 12 hours, however, it will not kill any eggs that the worms leave behind. As a result, a second dosage is required two weeks later in order to kill off the remaining worms that may have hatched during the period between doses.

How long does a dewormer remain in a puppy’s system?

As luck has it, your pup’s worming treatment will usually work almost immediately as long as they have ingested it properly. Dewormer or oral anti-parasitics will only remain in your puppy’s system for a few hours. That’s why it is necessary to have the second dose two weeks later to ensure all internal parasites are eliminated. 

What can I feed my puppy after deworming? 

Feeding your pup after deworming is an excellent way to reward them for taking the deworming medication and you should feel free to feed her regularly as you would usually do. There are no dietary restrictions or specialised food after deworming and a treat or a big bowl of dinner may be the best pick-me-up for your brave pup. 

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How long will my puppy keep pooping worms after deworming?

Depending on how bad the initial worming problem is, it may take between two to twelve hours for all the worms to leave the body (don’t worry, they’re dead). In more severe cases, repeat treatments and a trip to the vet may be required and you may notice worms in your pup’s stools for up to two weeks. If you are still noticing worms in their stool well after the treatment was administered, there may be something else going on and a trip to the vet is usually a good idea to get them checked out. 

How do I know my puppy has worms?

There are a number of common symptoms dogs will experience when they have suspected intestinal worms. The most common include, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, low energy, a pot-belly, decreased appetite, weight loss, “scooting”, and visible worms in feces. If left untreated, intestinal worms can damage your pup’s organs and in more serious cases, lead to death. If you notice any of these symptoms, keep an eye on your dog and visit the vet if you suspect worms.

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