How to Deworm a Pregnant Dog

Worming Pregnant Dogs
Worming Pregnant Dogs (Image: Public Domain)

Keeping a pregnant dog in good health is crucial to her health, as well as the health of her developing puppies. In addition to proper exercise, vet visits and a nutritious diet, pregnant dogs should be dewormed. In the past deworming pregnant dogs was dangerous to the health of the developing puppies. Now there are many different deworming medications available to safely deworm pregnant dogs.

Things You'll Need

  • Veterinarian
  • Dewormer
  • Wet or soft food

Call your dog's veterinarian. Ask which dewormers you can give to a pregnant dog. The vet will normally have a brand of dewormer that he recommends for his pregnant patients.

Decide which dewormer you will use and purchase it.

Read the dosage directions that accompany the dewormer. To successfully deworm a dog you will need to follow the instructions thoroughly. Some dewormers only require one dose, others are given to dogs over the course of 2-3 days.

Mix oral dewormers in with wet food. This will ensure that your dog receives the entire dose. Dewormers in pill form can be wrapped in a small amount of soft food like cheese and placed in the back of your dog's mouth.

Watch your pregnant dog closely after she has been dewormed to ensure that she isn't having adverse side effects to the dewormer.

Tips & Warnings

  • When giving your pregnant dog a pill, place the pill in the back of the mouth past the hump in the tongue. Then close your dogs mouth and lower her head so that swallowing the pill will be easier for her. Give your dog a treat after she has had her dewormer.

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