If your pooch has internal parasites, he might end up developing more serious health issues like diarrhea, anemia, malnutrition and even heart problems.
Medications provided by your vet will surely kill all of the annoying little fellas from his stomach, but after this process of deworming, your ball of fur may experience some side effects from the medication.
He will provide you with all the necessary details you need to know about them and will make sure you get the best anthelmintics possible.
Anthelmintics are type of medication that deal with internal parasites, and most common ones which are available through your vet are: pyrantel pamoate, praziquantel, fenbendazole, ivermectin, milbemycin oxime and selamectin.
Most of these are to be given orally in forms of flavored tablets, others are injected (like selametcin for example), and each target different types of internal parasites, however, some formulations might include more than one to target a multitude of worms.
As much as these medications are useful and effective in their task, your pooch will most likely experience some vomiting, lack of appetite and gastrointestinal upset.
Some of the aforementioned medications paralyze the worms and they get detached from your dog’s internal tissues. So, it is quite common to find them in your dog’s stool or vomit.
On the other hand, if a dog is being treated for heartworms, he might be at risk of suffering from thromboembolism. This condition usually occurs when the dead worms cause a blockage in dog’s arteries.