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Dog Health: Routine Worming

The most common worms that infest our pet dogs are roundworms and tapeworms but some dogs may also need treatment for hookworm, lungworm and heartworm. Most of these only affect the health of your dog but the roundworm Toxocara is known to be a human health hazard.

Worm treatments which we prescribe are effective in killing worms that are infesting your dog but do not prevent your dog picking up new infestations. The recommended interval between worming doses is based on the likelihood of your dog becoming re-infested.

We will discuss your dog's lifestyle and diet and take into account its age when recommending how frequently you should worm your dog. This will probably be somewhere between once a month and once a year. Adult dogs should be wormed regularly throughout their life.

Puppies can be wormed from two weeks of age when they are still with their dam. They should be wormed several times in the first few months of life. Phone us for advice.