Many people ask this question: should humans deworm themselves? Roundworms and other parasites are known to transmit tapeworms and several different types of infections. They can also infect dogs and cats. These animals' parasites will irritate the intestinal lining, causing diarrhea and vomiting. Other parasites include fleas, ticks, and heartworms.
Some animals, such as dogs, have a natural immunity to deworming. They will not contract tapeworms or any other type of infection by fleas and ticks. It is unknown why some do not have this "wall-built" protection, but some breeds of dogs are more susceptible than others.
Another reason that some people do not want to deworm their pets may be cultural. Intestinal worms such as tapeworms and fleas are considered unclean in the United States and many other countries. Animals are punished for bringing worms home or may be sent to live in kennels or far-off places where they will not see other people. If you are a pet owner who feels uncomfortable about giving your dog tapeworms or fleas, you should discuss deworming with your veterinarian.
Two deworming medications are available. These are Fipronil and Miconazole. You can give your dog either of these medicines three times a week or as directed by the vet. The veterinarian will give the dog a single dose of the drug for roundworm treatment.
You should know about some precautions if you decide to deworm your pet. If the worms are in large quantities, it may affect the liver, brain, or central nervous system. If you have any doubts about whether the medication is right, you can contact your doctor or health care provider. It is best to deworm your pet early in their life to avoid problems later. Young puppies should be dewormed immediately, and adults need to receive the drugs every six months.
It is generally safe for humans to deworm themselves, but you should never give tapeworms or fleas to your pets. Tapeworms can cause serious illnesses such as liver failure. They can also carry tapeworm segments to other dogs or humans and may transmit tapeworm to cats. Fleas effectively transmit intestinal worms, and cats can get an infection from a flea bite. So, you should deworm your pet both for prevention and for diagnosis.
Some people think that dogs are unclean because they usually get dirty. Actually, dogs can get tapeworms and other parasites from just walking down the street or eating food off the ground. Domestic dogs are not the only ones who can get these parasites. In fact, feral dogs are commonly infected with tapeworms and other parasites. This can sometimes lead to street fighting between the owner and other dogs. Therefore, it is best to leave domestic dogs alone and let them do what they do best, which is play, eat, and be clean.
However, some cases may require deworming your pet. Your veterinarian will inform you if deworming is necessary for your pet. This treatment should not be done on your own, but instead, you should have it performed by an animal clinic specializing in deworming pets. Even if you are sure that your pet is healthy, the dewormer may be expensive. If your pet does need deworming, you may want to consider getting other medications that your pet may have been allergic to.
Fleas are another problem that both domestic and stray dogs are vulnerable to. Fleas lay their eggs on the host to which they attach themselves, so the flea control you give to your pet may not be sufficient to prevent fleas from attacking your dog. You should consult with your veterinarian about the appropriate flea control for your pet. There are other flea control products available for dogs that are safe for use.
It is not always necessary to deworm pets that are regularly outdoors. Your pet can still contract to deworm through ticks and fleas if they spend time outdoors. Pets that are allergic to fleas can also be dewormed if you decide to try a natural deworming approach.
Humans and other mammals can suffer from deworming. Your veterinarian can tell you if deworming is necessary for your pet or not. Sometimes a deworming approach that does not require a prescription may be the best way to treat your pet.