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Puppy Advice – Worming

How do puppies get worms?

Puppies can pick up worm eggs from their environment, they are microscopic and are often invisible to the naked eye but can be carried in to our homes on shoes and clothing. These parasites attach themselves to the lining of your puppy’s intestine and steal nutrients from the food your puppy eats. They therefore prevent your puppy from getting all the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. Some worms will invade other parts of your puppy’s body and can cause multiple organ problems.

Why should we worm puppies?

Many of the worms found in puppies and dogs can be transferred to people too, which can be especially dangerous for children and the elderly. Worming your dog is an essential part of responsible dog ownership because of the effect worms can have on vulnerable (human) individuals.

Could your puppy have worms if you’ve never seen worms in your puppy’s poo?

Yes! There are many different types of worms your puppy could have, most of them are microscopic so cannot be seen to the naked eye when shed in your puppy’s faeces.

How do we get rid of these nasty worms?

Regularly worming your puppy with the best product advised by our vets will kill any worms that may have been picked up by your puppy and reduces the amount of eggs shed in to your home and the environment.

When should we worm puppies?

Puppies over 8 weeks old should be wormed monthly until 6 months of age. They should then be wormed every 3 months for the rest of their life.

Keep your puppy covered against worms for life – and save some money too – with our Health Plan.

If you have any more questions or if you’d like to book your puppy in for a complimentary initial check up, call 01439 771166 to talk to one of our friendly team.


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