If you have just brought home a new puppy, there is a good chance that the newest addition to the pack may have worms. Worming puppies should never be overlooked because puppies can get very ill if they are harboring worms. As a rule of thumb, puppies should be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks of age, after which worming is done every month until 6 months of age. From 7 months and up, an adult dog has to be dewormed every 3 months.
There are several species of worms that can affect dogs, and unfortunately there are worms that people can acquire from their pets. For additional details, visit this website.
There are many routes by which dogs get worms. These include:
- Contact with infected animals
- Drinking water that has been contaminated with feces that contain parasite eggs
- Contact with feces of infected animals
- Swallowing fleas that are carrying the infective stage of tapeworms
- Puppies can get worms from their mother via the milk
- Eating meat from prey that is carrying a parasite