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


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.

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