Deworming your American Bully

There are five types of internal worms that commonly target dogs: heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. Some may be visible to the naked eye in your dog’s stools, while others are pretty invisible and require a microscope examination, usually by your vet. Common symptoms of a worm infestation in one of your dogs are vomiting, dehydration, diarrhoea, flea infestation, weight loss, emaciated look, tiredness, lethargy, etc. Prevention Although most worms are not lethal at first, they can cause irreversible damage to your dog’s internals or even your dog’s skin. Therefore, you should most definitely consider an ongoing preventive treatment throughout your dog’s life. Use the right dewormer depending on your dog’s lifestyle and risk level (you don’t treat a family stay-at-home dog the same as a forest-going dog.) Nursing females might transmit parasites to young American Bullies during the first weeks so it’s important to give the mother a deworming treatment so she can be cleaned up herself and not contaminate her whelps. Then, puppies should be wormed from their second or third week of age. Deworming treatments are commonly repeated every fortnight until the dog is 3 months old. From then on, the dewormer may be given every one, two or three months depending on its sensitivity and lifestyle. Adult dogs usually get dewormed at every trimester while young adults and teenagers get it every month. The most used dewormers are the below:

● Diatomaceous Earth​ — a completely natural cleaner for both parasites and worms in dogs; it is an excellent source of mineral and trace elements so it is loved by many breeders and owners. This is also fighting fleas, ticks and parasites and can be used on your dog’s coat as well as added to its drinking water.

● Panacur Canine​ — Panacur (fenbendazole) helps treat hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms in dogs; it is used by veterinarians to treat other parasites as well. The usual dose for dogs is one packet, based on weight, given once a day for 3 consecutive days. Most dewormers have the exact same active compound, fenbendazole. Therefore, the brand is not that important but instead, the dosage is. Fenbendazole usually comes in 1-gram, 2-gram or 4-gram powder packets. This ultimately depends on your dog’s breed, age and whether it is a preventive or curative course of treatment.