Worms, Fleas and Ticks are increasingly common parasites which may infest your dog without you even knowing. Whether by ingesting things they shouldn’t or by coming into contact with other infested pets or environments, the risk of your pooch contracting any of these parasites is incredibly high.
The sooner you begin parasite prevention the better. Parasites are often particularly difficult to treat once your dog is infested and there is a high risk that they will spread to other pets, humans and your home.
Most breeders will have wormed your new puppy before you take it home and if not, they will likely advise you on when to start.
The most common worms your puppy can come into contact with in the UK are roundworm, tapeworm and lungworm. Between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months, we strongly recommend that you worm your puppy on a monthly basis.
We supply worming medications in both tablet and spot-on forms, however for ease, we find that tablet wormers are by far the most popular. Once your puppy reaches six months of age, these can be given every three months and should be continued for the rest of their adult life.
If you live in an area where lungworm is a serious concern, then we recommend that you continue worming your dog on a monthly basis.
Our vets and nurses can advise on and supply the most suitable type of wormer for your dog. You can begin worming treatment by simply phoning up the practice to make a free parasite appointment with one of our nurses.
Fleas and Ticks
Similar to worming, fleas and ticks also pose a very common risk to our dogs.
As soon as your puppy is allowed outdoors, they are immediately at risk of infestation by playing with other animals or being walked in environments with flea larvae (eggs) and ticks. Therefore, we recommend that you start flea and tick parasite prevention from the age of 12 weeks and continue this for the rest of your dog’s life.
Flea and tick prevention medicines come in a variety of forms, including tablets, spot-on treatments and injections. This allows us to tailor your dog’s flea and tick treatment to their individual needs.
Some owners stop tick prevention treatments during the winter months, but we would advise against this as with milder winters, ticks are now seen on dogs all year round.
Due to the wide range of preventative medications, we recommend that you speak to one of our veterinary staff to select the most appropriate products for your pet.