What should I do to treat and prevent fleas and worms?

There are a whole host of things out there that can disrupt your pup’s health but the most common and top of everyone’s list are fleas and worms. As there is lots of conflicting advice out there we’ve laid out the facts so you know what to do to keep your pooch in pawfect condition.

WORMS

What are worms?

Dogs can be victims of several different types of intestinal parasites, commonly known as worms. These types include, ring worm, round worm, hook worm and tape worm to name a few.

What are the signs of worms?
• Weakness
• Diarrhoea or vomiting
• Weight loss despite good appetite
• Abnormally swollen stomach

How often should you de-worm your puppy or dog?

Most puppies are born with worms which is why they should be wormed at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks of age. Then you should de-worm your dog every 3 months for the rest of their life. Pregnant bitches and new mums should be treated during mating and before the birth of the pups.

FLEAS

What are fleas?

Fleas are insects that that feed on the blood of humans and dogs. They jump onto passing animals and burrow down through fur to the skin where they feed, they can cause itching and severe inflammation.

How often should you treat your dog for fleas?

There are lots of products out there that you can use to protect your dog from fleas, and how often you should do it depends on the brand, it can vary from every 4-8 weeks.

It’s worth noting that if you have dogs and cats, you shouldn’t treat your dog near your cat, as dog flea treatments contain permethrin, which is toxic to cats.

If you’re someone that gets their dog professionally groomed, then make sure you de-flea them before hand, as most groomers will charge a hefty fine if they find fleas on your pooch!

So, that’s our quick and simple guide to worms and fleas! Share your tips, tricks and what works for you in the comments below!
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