Dogs are commonly infested by parasites that primarily affect their digestive system. Some worms interfere with the normal functioning of the heart and the blood vessels. The most common worms that affect the dogs are whipworms, roundworms, heartworms, tapeworm and hookworms. While heartworms are very dangerous and need to be treated immediately, hookworms and roundworms are contagious and can spread the infection to humans and other animals.
The common symptoms of worm infestation are poor appetite, dull coat, hair loss, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration, stools mixed with blood, bloated stomach and cough. Some types of worm infestation can be observed in the fur of the dog. Others need to be tested under a microscope.
The recommended home remedies you can try out for worm infections are as follows:
Wormwood tonic can be given to prevent further infestation. It also expels the worms from the dog’s body.
Otherwise, you can add any of the following to your dog food.
Mix grated garlic with fennel.
Crush garlic and mix it with cloves. Cloves have anti-parasitic properties.
Mix shredded carrots with the dog food.
Add 2 teaspoons of oat bran with every dog meal.
Add cinnamon and peppermint to your dog food.
In order to treat the worm infestation, you need to first identify it. Home remedies should only complement the vet treatment. Hence, if your dog is infested by worms, take him immediately to a vet. In addition, you can treat him with the above natural remedies for faster and effective recovery.
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