What we heard about worms….

 

…….And what we’ve gathered that you can do about them. Smile

Here at Harmony Acres we do our very best to make sure that the dogs we are using to breed are healthy and that the puppies in our care are well taken care of during the days we have to foster them.

That being said, not only do we feed them a no-grain non-gmo organic food, (mostly Taste of the Wild or Diamond Naturals) but we also make sure that as soon as they are old enough that they are put on a system of weekly de-worming.  Also we do not give them any shots, (explained in another post called Why Not Vaccinate? ) leaving that up to the owner’s discretion.

Having been in this business since 2015 we have had quite a few puppies go out of here, and have recieved a lot of positive feedback. (For which we are very greatful.) We are in this business because we love what we do and God has truly blessed us in all our ventures.  The reason for this post is to address the concerns and feedback we have recieved. Here are some of the topic’s of our feedback;

1.) The puppies had been reported to have been  completly healthy with no worms or fleas.

2.) The puppies have been reported to have been completly healthy with no worms except hookworms.

3.)  The puppies are extremely healthy and have no worms at all, except tapeworms. (Tapeworm is a worm caused by the puppies having fleas and then biting themselves and getting the fleas inside their body.)……….. Here’s some more info: (As a dog owner, you’ve likely heard about tapeworms. They are tiny parasites that live in your dog’s gut. They normally don’t cause serious problems and are easily treated.

Where Do They Come From?

There are different kinds of tapeworms, but the most common one is caused by swallowing a tiny infected flea. Flea’s can carry the tapeworm’s larvae or babies. If your dog swallows it — maybe while grooming himself — an adult tapeworm can grow inside your dog’s intestines.

Tapeworms are flat, white worms that are made up of tiny segments. Each part is about the size of a grain of rice. Tapeworms attach themselves to the walls of your dog’s gut using hook-like suckers. Then they start to feed and grow.

Symptoms

A tapeworm can grow from 4 to 8 inches long. Chances are you won’t see the adult worm. As it grows, though, some of its segments fall off and pass through your dog’s poop. You may see these tiny parts crawling near your dog’s backside or on his bedding. You may also see them moving around in his poop.  You can read the rest at this link: https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/dog-tapeworms-symptoms-treatments#1 )

4.) And lastly the puppies are again very healthy and have no worms besides ringworm.

I’m not here to sit here and lecture you all on vets and the pro’s and con’s of having them. This isn’t really about them at all, because our family has had very good experiances with vets. This is to address the concerns out there, and make people aware of the fact that all dogs have worms. And we know that and we de-worm regularly. In fact because of your all’s concerns we did go to a different de-worming system knowing that hookworms and ringworms are fairly common in dogs.  In fact we humans have worms!!  So why not your dog? The key is mantaining those worms.

I got some feedback from a customer , who is a vet’s assistant, and when I mentioned that we had people that each discovered a different worm in puppies all from the same litter……she said that wasn’t even possible.

So to all those out there that don’t know about worms, look it up for yourself, ask a vet. Puppies, dogs, even cats have worms. It’s really nothing new.

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