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Worming in later pregnancy???

 
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Canavan



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:28 pm    Post subject: Worming in later pregnancy??? Reply with quote

Grace is licking anal area a fair bit and it looks red & sore! She is due for her Drontal Plus around now. We have looked a many websites and are puzzled with the many controversial thoughts. ie. Panacur everyday from day 40 until 2 days after birth - however there are claims that whole litters have been lost because of it!!!!

She'll need fleaing too!.....well, DE-fleaing!! Frontline is supposed to be ok?

She's hopefully 28days - unconfirmed.
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Maggi



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are wormers which are safe for in whelp bitches - I would check with your vet before you give anything. Frontlline is quite regularly used for bitches in whelp here in France but if she hasn't actually got fleas and you haven't had a flea problem I'd personally give it a miss during the pregnancy.

Licking anal area is usually result of blocked anal glands not fleas, worms or anything else. Again quick ante natal check at the vets so he can empty them if necessary and then you can discuss worming both for her and the puppies.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The worming regieme of worming everyday from day 40 to 2 days post whelping, has been recently introduced and is well-researched. During this time the lining of the gut in a pregnant bitch becomes 'porous' to allow more nutrients to reach the bloodstream and then into the puppies via the placenta. Any worm burden the mother may carry however small, use this time to their advantage and migrate into the puppies by the same route.
By using a veterinary recommended wormer (as not all can be given safely in this way), worms are totally eradicated from the puppies and they are born worm-free. (This also means the puppies themselves need less worming until they are out and about in the big wide world.
We have used this worming regieme twice now, with absolutely no problems to either the bitch or the pups (all pups born alive and healthy). The wormer we were advised to use was Panacur favourites (which incidentally our bitch loved and would happily eat them from the hand!), but I would discuss this regieme with your vet to get advice on the right wormer for you.

I would also mirror Maggi's advice regarding licking of the anal area.

Having a general health check by your vet won't do any harm anyway and this is where you can get all the medical advice for pregnancy and post-whelping care. You can also find out the procedure for contacting your vet in an emergency during whelping and keep this information to hand - just as a reassurance!

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Canavan



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our vet has sorted Grace's anal glands and recommended Milbamax [sic] as a one-off to give Grace now - day 50 and then the pups with a Panacur suspension as soon as swallowing has developed properly.

Thanks for the info both of you - nail-biting time approaches!!!
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