Roundworms, Tapeworms, Lungworms, Hookworms and Whipworms can all affect your dog and are a potential hazard to your family’s health.
Worm treatments do not have a preventative action – they only eliminate the worms present at the time of treatment. Regular dosing is necessary to keep your pet healthy and worm free and prevent them from contaminating the environment with eggs and the dose is dependent on the weight of your dog. It is therefore important for vets to weigh your dog regularly to ensure he is receiving the correct dose.
Routes of infection
- Contaminated soil
- Puppies can get infected via the placenta and mother’s milk.
- Stagnant water sources
Worming is recommended at 2, 5 and 8 weeks of age and monthly thereafter until your puppy is 6 months old. Your dog can then move onto the adult worming regime.
Adult dogs should be wormed every 3 months (4 times yearly). This is especially important in families with young children to reduce the risk of health problems. Infection with Toxocara canis in children can be very serious, in rare cases even causing blindness.
Pregnant bitches should be wormed daily from day 40 of pregnancy until 2 days after whelping to prevent transfer of worms via the placenta or milk.
We can provide a tailored parasite control programme for your dog, dependent on their lifestyle and requirements.