Worming puppies starts at 2 weeks of age, and though it is a bit messy, it is quite easy to do.
Worms in puppies occurs in 99.9% of all litters, so do not mistakenly assume that your puppies will not have them, as they are passed from their mother, even if she is free of worms when she is bred.
The supplies you'll need for worming puppies is as follows:
You'll need a puppy wormer that has the ingredients Pyrantel Pamoate in it.
Nemex 2 is a great brand for worming and it is my favorite.
Other excellent brands are Pro-Wormer 2 which is made by Drs. Foster and Smith. It does a good job at killing the worms, but the pups don't seem to like the taste as much as the Nemex 2.
All of these brands will kill roundworm and hookworms, which are the 2 most common dog worms.
You will need a syringe that holds at least 5 ml, although one that holds 10 ml is better, since Golden Retriever puppies are big.
ML and CC are the same measurement, so if your syringe says 10 CC's, that is fine.
Syringes can be purchased from pet supply stores and sometimes you can obtain a couple from your local pharmacy if you tell them what you need them for.
You will also need a digital scale so you know how much medicine each individual puppy needs.
Simply weigh the pup to get the correct weight, then measure out the wormer according to the amounts stated on the bottle.
Here is a guide to help you convert ML into teaspoons.
1/4 teaspoon = 1.25 ml
1/2 teaspoon = 2.5 ml
3/4 teaspoon = 3.75 ml
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
1-1/2 teaspoon = 7.5 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
Worming puppies is a sticky mess and the pup will try and get away from the medicine and may spit some out at you, or even drool some out, so make sure you wear old clothes!
Open the pup's mouth and put the end of the syringe in the side of the his mouth.
Slowly squeeze the worming medicine into his mouth.
Do it slowly, as this gives him time to swallow it and also gives you time to make sure he is taking it, rather than all of it suddenly coming back out onto you.
If you do lose some of the medicine, do not re-dose, as you will not know how much he has already taken.
Pyrantel Pamoate is pretty safe, so a tad bit extra will not cause any harm, but too much of it can be dangerous.
Puppy worms are hard to get rid of, if pups are not started soon enough on a de-wormer.
Start worming at 2 weeks of age, repeat at 3 weeks, and again at 4 weeks. Then go to 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, and 12 weeks for their worming schedule.
By then your pup should be on a heartworm preventative which kills other worms in dogs along with protecting against heartworms.
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