Worms those hideous things that may cause untold heartache to your Border Collie puppy or family Border Collie or your family.
When your Border Collie puppy comes home it should have been wormed at least four times already. Your breeder should have given you a worming schedule that sets out when to worm your Border Collie puppy. We worm our puppies every two weeks from 2 weeks of age.
When you bring a 8 week old Border Collie puppy home, your Border Collie puppy should be wormed again every 2 weeks up to the age of 3 months old.
Your Border Collie puppy should be free of worms at the time of receipt, but you need to keep up a regular worming schedule to ensure there is no re-infestation.
We usually re-worm our Border Collies every 3 months all year round, we base this on the change of seasons, change of parasites etc so you cover all bases.
Your Border Collie puppy relies on you for its total care so you must become adept at knowing the symptoms of a worm infestation.
Around four out of five Border Collies carry intestinal worms. Worm infestations can make your Border Collie puppy sick and, some types of worms, can transfer to humans putting your family health at risk. So what are the different types of worms and how do they infest your Border Collie puppy?
Hookworms can reach up to 19 cm long and Border Collies either ingest them from the ground or they enter through the skin on the paws and legs. A dam that has hookworms can transfer them to their puppies through their milk.
Symptoms of a hookworm infestation include black, sticky diarrhea, lethargy, a bloated tummy, loss of weight, lack of appetite and dehydration.
Roundworms reach up to 19 cm long and they are either ingested, or transferred from the dam’s milk or through the placenta.
Symptoms of roundworm infestation include a dull, lifeless coat, vomiting, coughing, pneumonia, a swollen tummy, and a bowel obstruction. If left untreated your Border Collie puppy can die.
Whipworms reach up to 7 cm long and are ingested only.
Symptoms of whipworm infestation include pale gums and eyelids, weight loss, smelly diarrhea with blood in it, tummy pain and dehydration. A whipworm infestation can kill puppies if left untreated but is less serious in adult Border Collies.
Common flea tapeworms reach up to 50 cm long and are ingested from infected fleas.
If your Border Collie puppy is itchy around its rear area it may have a flea tapeworm infestation. These are not a major health risk to your Border Collie.
Hydatid tapeworms grow up to 7 mm long and picked up wherever Border Collies come into contact with foxes, sheep and kangaroos.
There are no obvious symptoms if your Border Collie is infested with this worm, but it can be fatal if passed onto humans. The hydatid tapeworm can infect humans by ingesting eggs from the Border Collie’s coat.
To control worms in your Border Collie pup make sure you follow a regular worming regime.
Your Border Collie’s environment is also important, so:
It is easy to keep your Border Collie puppy healthy if you follow these simple guidelines.