Before you even get your new puppy or dog home there is a good chance that they may have worms. Worms can have a serious health effect on puppies, so intestinal worming should never be overlooked. As a rule, all puppies need to be wormed every two weeks until 12 weeks of age, then every month until 6 months of age. After six months of age an adult dog needs to be wormed every 3 months.
There are a number of intestinal worms that just love to live inside a dog's tummy. Unfortunately they can be transferred to other family member as well, including children. Following the intestinal worming care plan outlined above will help control worms in your puppy or dog and also help to protect the entire family. How does a dog get worms?
There are many routes to infection including:
- Drinking contaminated water
- Contact with other infected animals
- Contact with other infected animal faeces
- From an infected nursing mother (nursing puppies)
- Swallowing fleas carrying the infective stage of tapeworms
- Eating meat (such as a rodent) that is carrying a parasite.
Can you tell if your pet has worms?
Most worms are identified by the presence of their eggs in a dog's faeces. These eggs are very small and are difficult to identify by eye.
Tapeworms and Roundworms are two of the few that can be seen by eye. Tapeworms look like small pieces of rice and can be found in the faeces or around the tail and rear area, sometimes clinging to hair. For this reason you may see your dog scoot his rear across the ground as the worms can be irritating.
Roundworms are long white worms that look like noodles or spaghetti. Occasionally puppies may vomit these up or they can also be seen in faeces.
If you are concerned about worms or would like more information on parasite control do not hesitate to contact the friendly health care team at Riverbank Animal Hospital your local vet practice in South Grafton for expert advice. We can even send you a free email reminder when your pet is next due for worming. Just one of the ways we can make pet care in The Clarence Valley easier for you.