Worms

It’s hard to imagine, but at some point in your dog’s life it might have worms. Typical symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting, coughing, weight loss, pot belly, low energy, dull coat and dragging their bottom on the ground. In rare cases worm infections can be fatal, so it is important that you get rid of them as soon as you notice that your dog is infected. They are most often contracted when dogs eat animal faeces so look out for this kind of behaviour and try to discourage it.

Worm medication is most often in tablet form, but an injection can be given by your vet if necessary. It is essential that you give the correct dosage that has been prescribed by your vet, as it will vary for the size of your dog. It is also very important that you clean up after your dog has gone to the toilet, otherwise he may be re-infected immediately after getting rid of them. Wormers provided by your vets will remove the worms that are present in your dog, but will not protect from any future infection. Look out for worm symptoms in the early stages of a dog’s life, as Ringworm is often contracted from the mother before the puppy is born.

Puppies needs to be wormed every 2-3 weeks until the age of 12 weeks. From here on, worm your dog monthly until it is 6 months old. From the age of 6 months, you should worm your dog every 3 months.