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Worming Puppies (Dogs)

If the bitch has been thoroughly wormed following breeding, it is not likely that the puppies will show signs of being infested at birth. However, if they have poor coats and show signs of undernourishment, while their gums are white and their breath foul, it may be taken for granted that these pests have found entry to their digestive tracts.

As all worm remedies contain drugs which are poisonous, it is not safe to attempt treatment until the puppies are four to six weeks old, and then the treatment must be as mild as possible. A worming oil such as that put out by Geo. Bell, of Liverpool, England, is about as safe as any. Directions for using it come with the package. This treatment will remove roundworms, but hookworms are more difficult to overcome. Sometimes puppies are born with them, and as they usually lodge in the appendix, it is occasionally necessary to remove this organ.

During the period of pregnancy and lactation, even more than the usual precautions should be taken to ensure that the bitch not be allowed in a run where she may pick up the eggs of worms which have been passed in the droppings of other dogs. A strong solution of ice salt should be sprinkled over the run at least once a week as a prevention. Every precaution must be taken to keep the bitch free of worms following breeding. See that she is kept free of them.
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