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Nearly all dogs have a few worms and tapeworm is a common ailment, but they may not have enough to do any particular harm. Worms do not always remain in the bowels but find their way into the stomach.
Symptoms of Worms
There is a change in disposition, an excessive appetite, loss of flesh, itchy skin, rough staring coat or loss of hair, bowel pain, indigestion, occasional vomiting or scouring, fetid breath and a disposition to lick the anus and drag the hind parts along the ground. Wormy dogs usually show an irritable temper and frequently suffer from vertigo or convulsions.
Home Remedy Treatment of Worms
For round worms in dogs, areca nut and spigelia art reliable remedies; or, giving fluid extract of spigelia and fluid extract of senna every morning for three or four days will usually rid a dog of round worms. The dose of powdered areca nut is about two grains for each pound of the dog's weight and it is convenient to give it in some milk. The dose of fluid extact of senna for a matured dog is from twenty drops to two drams, according to weight, and for young pups one drop for each week of age. This medicine should be combined with a brisk cathartic, such as senna or castor oil. Santonine is another useful remedy; for pups give from one-fifth to three grains, combined with a small dose of calomel. For matured dogs I usually give from six to twenty-five grains at a dose. Powdered kamala is another useful remedy or the powdered male fern or the oleoresin of male fern will be effective.