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The importance of worming your dog

Worms come in a variety of shapes and sizes and no...

Dogs / 12.01.2016

The importance of worming your dog

Worms come in a variety of shapes and sizes and no matter how well you care for your dog it will undoubtedly acquire some of these parasites at some point.  The two main categories are roundworms and tapeworms. The most common roundworm is Toxocara Canis and is quite well recognised as it gets a lot of publicity with regards to the risk of infection to children. Tapeworms are made up of flat segments and can reach up tp 70cm in length.

Roundworms are picked up by your dog in the environment on his muzzle, paws and coat.  Puppies are particularly susceptible to roundworms as they can be born already infected with them by their mothers or can be passed to them through the mother’s milk.  For this reason it is vitally important to worm pregnant bitches and the puppies from the age of 2 weeks.

Worms can cause damage to the cut, stunt growth, diarrhoea, dehydration and make your dog more susceptible to other diseases.  Signs to look out for would be weight loss, dull, dry coat, hunger, diarrhoea and vomiting, however even although your dog may show none of these signs he could still be infected with worms. A preventative strategy is the best way to prevent your dog getting to this stage. We recommend regular worming , scooping up your dog’s faeces, keeping your dog from scavenging, keeping an eye out for fleas and regularly washing bedding.

In general puppies should be wormed every two to three weeks from the age oftwo weeks up until they are 12 weeks old, then monthly until the age of six months. After this age treating them every three months should be sufficient.

We have wormers available in tablet, liquid, paste and granule formulation. Click to see our complete wormer range. if you have any questions about your dog, symptoms they might be showing or any of the products we stock, you can contact one of our dedicated experts through live chat, email or by telephone. Visit our Contact Us page for more information.