How to Sanitize After Your Dog Has Worms

By Mary Lougee

Four types of worms occur in canine digestive tracts including hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Dog wormers remove the internal parasites through your dog's feces. Sanitizing your dog's entire environment, inside and outside will help to keep your dog from being reinfected, along with a regular worming schedule from your vet.

Lawn Sanitization

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Put on disposable gloves and insert a plastic bag into a bucket. Use a doggie pooper scooper to pick up all feces in the lawn and deposit them into the bucket. Tie the top of the bag closed, remove it from the bucket and dispose of it.

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Remove all dog dishes and toys from the lawn. Soak them in hot soapy water in the kitchen sink for about 20 minutes, rinse them thoroughly and allow them to air dry.

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Spray dog-safe lawn disinfectant on the entire lawn and allow it to soak in for the time recommended on the product label. Rinse the lawn with a garden hose.

Kennel Sanitization

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Remove all items from an indoor or outdoor kennel. Wash items, such as beds, blankets and toys in hot water in the washing machine and dry them in the dryer. Soak dishes in hot soapy water for approximately 20 minutes, rinse thoroughly and allow them to air dry.

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Place an indoor kennel outside. Put on disposable gloves and remove all solid waste. Spray the entire kennel with water from a garden hose. Make a mixture of one part household bleach to 32 parts water in a bucket. Dip a stiff-bristle brush into the solution and scrub the kennel from top to bottom, inside and outside. Pour some of the solution onto the kennel floor and scrub it with a broom on an outdoor kennel, or a scrub brush on an indoor kennel.

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Rinse the entire kennel inside and out with water from the garden hose and allow it to dry before your four-legged friend returns to the area.

Household Sanitization

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Vacuum all carpeted areas of your home and clean them with a sanitizing solution and a steam cleaner.

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Mop all hard surface floors with a disinfectant floor cleaner.

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Wash all pet blankets and toys in hot water in the washing machine to clean them, then dry them in the dryer.

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Spray all furniture that your dog comes into contact with a household disinfectant spray. Allow everything to dry before letting your pet into the house.