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Unread 04-24-2007, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default How do newborn puppies get worms if the mother doesn't have them?

I'm curious...when puppies are born, and they are dewormed, I assume via a vaccination? why is that necessary? How do they get worms?
Are they born with them? If so, how can that be if the mother didn't have worms??

This is something I really want to know the answer to
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I've never had that experience with cats and have no clue about dogs. I do know that it often recommended to treat the pregnant bitch a few weeks prior to delivery to prevent the pups getting worms & then taking stool samples of the pups to make sure they're worm free. Many pups are born with worms ... I hope there are some experienced breeders here who know the answer to this one since. Now, I'm curious.
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Thanks for the post Katz...I am really curious about it, and look forward to reading an explanation from a breeder. Brittany (PomeranianCrazy) or Borzoimom should know the answer

I just don't get how the pups could be born with worms...how are they getting in them? Where do the worms come from??
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Pups can get worms from the ground, other pups around, dirty living areas. You deworm them by liquid meds, every 2 weeks. Pups can get roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and i think theres a four worm but i don't know the name of it.
Tapworms: Tapeworms require what is called an intermediate hot to complete their life cycle. The tapeworm most commonly infecting pets must have its egg eaten by a flea and the flea must be eaten by a dog or cat in order for the tapeworm to develop into a animal.
Hookworms: These worms live hooked into the wall of the intestines of dogs and cats. The female hookworm produces eggs, which pass out in the animals stool and develop into larvae in one week.
Roundworms: These worms are the most commonly occurring worms in dogs and cats. They live free in the intestines of the animal. Because puppies and kittens can become infected while still in the uterus, most are born with roundworms. It takes roundworm eggs two weeks to become infective once passed in stool and eggs can survive in soil for several months. Puppies, kittens, and nursing females are the largest reservoir of environmental contamination and should be routinely treated.

Right before our female has her pups, we deworm here. And after the pups turn 2 weeks we deworm the mom everytime. Example...every 2 weeks with the pups until the pups live for there new home.
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But how would they recieve them in a clean enviorment if mom doesn't have them nor does anyone who handles them?

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I'm curious...when puppies are born, and they are dewormed, I assume via a vaccination? why is that necessary? How do they get worms?
Are they born with them? If so, how can that be if the mother didn't have worms??

This is something I really want to know the answer to
Pups are born with worms if the female was ever exposed to them in her life time. Example- if she had rounds as a pup, and treated- it does kill the adults, and multiple wormers kill the eggs that hatch. However it leaves " a residueal" effect in the female, and when pregnant- this is passed to the pups.
However- if you have used a heartworm medication with multiple wormer, it has "killed" the dormant worms in the female. I was recently told as little as 8 months on like interceptor would have taken care of " residual worms". This came up in planning to restart galina and the gang back on interceptor. I take my dogs off in the cold weather to give the immune system in a break during the zero to 20 degree weather of the winter.. This reproduction vets also said that eventhough she has been off it for 3 months, she was taking it for 9 months before that.
We will worm the pups anyway, but it should not be a hazard until they are old enough to worm.
On more note about interceptor or any heart worm medication. It should not be given during heat or 10 days after breeding, or 14 days before delivery. For example- galina had hers 2 weeks before she came in, will have it 10 days from now, and two weeks again before pups. Then- ( doing the math) she will have it again at week 3 of age of the pups.

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I always worm my adults the 22nd of each month monthly. I always make certain the female is worm free before breeding also. My puppies have never been born with worms......EVER!! Had them checked by vet and he shook his head and said: I can never find worms in your pups or dogs I check. Told him why.
I worm my pups every ten days as mostly if a puppy is wormy it is round worms unless the place is extremely dirty, other dogs not wormed around, ground is not cared for ( we hot lime our five acreas every spring), surroundings for puppies are very dirty and not kept clean and disinfected, so many reasons lil pups can pick up on them and coccidia.
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Worm eggs and larvae of some species are carried in the bloodstream and cross the placental barrier. Puppies can be infected with worms in utero from the mother's blood.
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Our litter of puppies never had worms. We still dewormed them to be safe though, So i guess not all dogs get them.

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Worm eggs and larvae of some species are carried in the bloodstream and cross the placental barrier. Puppies can be infected with worms in utero from the mother's blood.
Exactly... If the female ever had them in her life time- ie even puppy, without products like interceptor etc it is carried into the womb... to the pups...

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