Why do I need to worm my dog regularly?

Posted by on 31 May 2013

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Dogs and puppies can be affected by roundworms, whipworms, hookworms and tapeworms.

Worms can cause stunted growth in puppies and coughing, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, anemia, dull coat and lethargy in dogs of all ages.

Puppies become infected in the womb and or from drinking their mother's milk.  Worm eggs are passed in the faeces and infect the environment.  The eggs can infect both dogs and humans.  Young children are particularly at risk as they are not so good at cleaning their hands, and are often putting all sorts of things in their mouths!  Roundworms can cause skin problems and blindness in humans.  As part of being a responsible dog owner you must pick up your dog's faeces in public places and worm it regularly.

The main ways dogs become infected with tapeworm are by swallowing fleas (which are infected with the intermediate life stage of the tapeworm) when grooming themselves, and by eating raw meat and offal.  To keep your dog free of tapeworm you should avoid feeding raw meat and offal, and treat for worms and fleas regularly.

Puppies should be wormed every two weeks from two weeks of age until twelve weeks, then monthly till six months then three monthly thereafter.

It is important that you use safe, effective and complete worming tablets.  Not all worming tablets are the same.  The best way to ensure you are using a good product is to buy it from a vet clinic versus a pet shop or supermarket.

At Vetcall we stock Dolpac complete worming tablets.

The number of tablets required depends on your dog's weight.  If you are unsure of your dog's weight feel free to bring him/her down to the hospital for a free weight check.