Will the Mother Dog Get Worms from Eating Puppy Poop?

by kate

Will the mother dog get worms from cleaning up aka eating the puppies poop?

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Jan 08, 2009
Mother Dogs Pass Worms on to Their Puppies
by: Donna - dog-beds-n-beyond

Hi Kate,

If your puppy has worms it is because it was passed on from the mother (usually roundworms). It is very common to find worms in puppy stools. Roundworms often form cysts in the muscle tissue of adult dogs. The hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy "wake" these dormant oocysts. From there, they enter the fetuses via the mother's circulatory system. So if the mother has been de-wormed, she will become re-infected by eating the feces.

Sometimes a mother dog will eat the feces of her pups out of a natural instinct to hide evidence of her offspring from predators and clean to up her territory.

Most veterinarians will recommend de-worming your puppies. The first dose can be administered when the puppy is 6 weeks old. de-worming schedules may vary depending on the climate where you live and the activity of your dog. The following schedule should be used as general guidance. Newly weaned pups (6 to 8 weeks of age) should be dewormed at 6, 8, 10, and 12 weeks of age. Dogs over six months of age should be de-wormed at least twice each year. For maintenance get a Heartworm preventative medicine which is also effective against round and hookworms, and will further protect the life of your puppy. You can visit your local vet to get a prescription de-worming medication or pick up an over the counter brand.

There are four common worms: roundworms, tapeworms, whipworm, and hookworm. This will treat all of these...

It is important that both mother and puppies are de-wormed at same time to prevent re-infection. You can also be infected
if your dog has worms; however, normal good hygiene practices will reduce the instance of you becoming infected (washing
hands after contact with the pup).

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