Q. My pup has been treated 3 times for worms and still has them. I've never seen worms so bad. What do I do to get rid of them?
A. Submit a stool sample to your vet to identify the specific parasite. Treat as indicated, repeating the treatment in 2-3 weeks if needed. If it is tapeworm, treat the pup and environment for fleas as they can reinfect the pup after deworming. Clean and sanitize the environment. Wash all bowls and non porous toys in hot, soapy water. Wash all bedding. Hard surfaces can be sanitized with a 1:30 dilution of household bleach and water. Allow for a 20 minute contact time. Pick up any feces immediately and keep the pup away from high traffic areas until the parasites are cleared and a monthly preventative is being given.
DR. LEIGH PUSATERI, DVM
A. It really depends on the type of worm that your puppy has. The best thing would be to have your dog examined by a veterinarian and have a fecal sample submitted for analysis. Depending on the type of worm, your vet that can prescribe appropriate medication to treat the parasite. You also may need to disinfect the environment as your puppy may be reinfecting him/herself.