WHAT WORMINGS WILL MY PUPPY HAVE WHEN WE TAKE HIM HOME?
Even when using the very best parasite prevention techniques there are no guarantees of having a completely parasite free puppy.
The following paragraph was taken from the "Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook" written by Delbert G. Carlson, D.V.M. and James M. Giffin, M.D.
"Deworming the dam before pregnancy does not prevent roundworm infestation of unborn puppies; medications do not work on encysted larvae. Accordingly, many puppies are born with roundworms."
The most common worms or protozoans found in puppies are:
Roundworms Hookworms Coccidia Giardia
We do provide our puppies with a well rounded parasite control program. You will be provided with records of what medications have been used on your puppy so that your vet will know exactly what has been done so far.
Even though your puppy has been treated properly it is always a good idea to assume he or she still has worms. You should take a small stool sample with you to your first and second vet appointment so they can check it to for you. A negative stool sample does NOT mean that your puppy is parasite free. It only means that the vet did not find any eggs in that particular sample, if the parasite were not shedding eggs or cysts at that time they will not be spotted during the exam. If after two stool checks your vet has found nothing, then you can feel confident that the puppy worms are no longer a concern.
Signs of parasite problems in a young puppy can include diarrhea, bloody stool, mucous in the stool, weight loss and poor coat condition. It would not be uncommon for a puppy to show no signs of parasites while in our care - and then all of the sudden begin to have loose stool when they arrive in their new home. Stress can bring this on. Your new puppy can also have loose stool for the first few days because of stress only - even in the absence of parasites. If after your puppy has adjusted to his new environment and his stool has been firm for several days - and he all of the sudden begins showing any loose stool or having blood in the stool etc... you should take another stool sample to the vet for examination. When dealing with parasites loose stool can be intermittent or in other cases it could be all the time. Your pup could also have loose stool if you are feeding him different food, or with the addition of treats or food scraps that he is not used too.
After your vet is sure that the "Puppy Parasites" are officially eradicated you can help him to avoid getting worms in the future by keeping him on one of the monthly heartworm preventatives that also help deter other common worms.