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01 Mar

Worming your dog regularly...

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With Spring in the air and lockdown continuing, our dogs tend to spend more time outside, so now’s the time to think about protecting your dog against the various worms they can catch.  Worming you dog is something that should be done every 3 months to keep any potential parasites at bay.  The worms that your dog are most likely to be exposed to are:

  • Roundworm -if your dog is very young, this is one of the main parasites we will look out for.
  • Tapeworms – your dog is more likely to be exposed to tapeworm if your dog is a scavenger.

Roundworms: These worms are more of a concern, particularly for puppies. They can be passed from mother to puppies. A heavy infestation can result in weight loss or inability to put on weight, vomiting and diarrhoea, and you may also notice that your dog has taken on a “pot-bellied” look. Regardless of symptoms, adult tapeworms may also be evident in your dog’s faeces. The Toxocara canis roundworm can potentially affect humans, especially children.

Tapeworms: These worms are not well known for causing health problems in dogs but they are problematic as far as fleas are concerned. Tapeworms are involved in the life cycle of fleas. You may notice shedding that resembles grains of rice around your dog’s anus or in his or her faeces. This is a strong indication that your dog has contracted tapeworm..

 

Symptoms

Heavy infestations can result in vomiting and severe diarrhoea and cause a loss of blood, weight and condition.

Worms weaken the immune system, and by moving through major organs can cause other illnesses such as pneumonia.  Whilst pets with less severe infestations may show no external signs, they are still a possible source of infection to others, including humans.

 

Preventing Worms

Just like fleas, worms are a parasite and you should guard against them year-round and regularly.  It is recommended that you treat your dog for worms every 3 months.  Regular administration of worming treatments can help prevent worms in your pet.

A popular choice of dog wormer with our customers are;

Drontal Dog Tasty Bone Tablets

Drontal Dog is effective for treatment of roundworms and tapeworms in a single simple dose. It can be used for pregnant and lactating bitches but only with veterinary consultation before treating pregnant bitches for roundworms. For adult dogs four treatments per year will form the basis of an effective worming regime. Puppies over 3kg should be treated every 2 weeks from the age of 2 weeks, until they are around 3 months of age. It is generally accepted that nursing bitches should be wormed at the same time as their puppies. Each Drontal Dog worming tablet will treat up to a bodyweight of 10kg.

Drontal Plus XL Dog

With Drontal Plus XL, you can worm a dog weighing up to 35kg with just one tablet.

If Drontal is not suitable for your dog, we have alternatives available.  Our AMTRA qualified team are always available to discuss your pet’s requirements with you.  Dosage varies depending on the weight of the animal.  Dosage will vary dependent on the weight of your dog.