At Grove Vets we love to see dog owners taking responsibility for their pets and bringing them in to get worming.

Worming is a very important part of being a pet owner and it will protect your dog against parasites which could bother your dog. Dogs all come into contact with some sort of worm at one time or the other and Grove Vets encourage you to consider when the last time you had your dog treated for worms – Cant remember? Then get them booked in!

How often does your dog need to be wormed?

Worming your dog

There are two different types of worms which commonly affect dogs – Roundworm and Tapeworm.

Roundworms live on the food which has been undigested in the dogs bowel and is spread through dog faeces. Tapeworm can attach themselves to the wall of the dogs gut and when they lay eggs they are excreted but can cause the dog irritation.

Lungworm is another parasite to be aware of carried by slugs and snails. It’s been present in the UK for around 30 years but until fairly recently was mainly confined to certain parts of Cornwall and Wales. It is much more uncommon in Northern Ireland.

Here is some further information and advice from website yourdog.co.uk:

Signs of worm-related disease include:

  • Weight loss
  • Scurfy and/or a dull, dry coat
  • Hunger
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Coughing
  • Worms seen in vomit or faeces.

Even if there are no obvious signs your dog has worms, don’t wait for symptoms of infection to appear before you do anything about worms — by the time this stage has been reached, he’ll have a heavy infestation and the worms will be doing their damage. A preventative strategy is as important as some form of regularly administered worming treatment; such preventative measures include scooping your dog’s poo, both out on walks and in your garden, to help minimise contamination. Try also to prevent your dog from scavenging, regularly wash his bedding, and keep an eye out for fleas.

How often should I worm my dog?

When a worming treatment is given, although it removes worms already present in the digestive tract, it leaves your dog’s system after a few days, so it won’t prevent re-infection. This is why it’s important to have a year-round programme in place. Frequency of worming depends on the product you use, the age of your dog, and your lifestyle.

  • Puppies are generally wormed every two to three weeks from the age of two weeks until 12 weeks old, then monthly until six months old, after which every three months is usually sufficient.
  • Dogs who are inclined to scavenge, who live in households with young children, who are heavily infested or who live in high risk areas where certain types of parasites are present may need worming more frequently.
  • It may be felt best to keep treatment of those dogs who are suffering from chronic disease to the minimum necessary.

These are all points that you can discuss with your vet when working out a worming programme suitable for your particular dog, his environment and the type of product you decide to use.

So do you think that your dog needs a check up? Are you all up to date? If you are worried, want to book your dog in for a worming treatment or need some advice please call Grove Vets in Ballymena on 028 2565 6023.