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Can I worm my nursing dog Her pups are 2 weeks old today.

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My dog has 2 weeks old puppies and has worms now, can I worm her if she is still nursing the pups?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Do check to make sure the type of worms she may have before worming her.
I would only use something very safe such as Pyrantel Pamoate found in many of the common over the counter wormers such as Nemex or Evict.
I usually worm pups at 2, 4 and 6 weeks and then worm mom a day or so later. Most pups start out with worms and eliminating the source of the worms from the pups helps the mom keep from being reinfected.
You have to be able to weigh pups and mom and get an accurate weight to worm safely.
You can check the safety of using different wormers in the mom here
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=0&cat=1303&articleid=856
I would only use a pyrantel pamoate based product in the baby pups.
Hope this helps you!

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