Worming Advice for Puppies
It is essential to get your new puppy wormed as soon as possible as they will often be carrying worms transmitted from their mother's milk. Call us to book your complimentary health check and one of our Vets will disucss this with you.
Recommended Worming Regimes
We recommend ‘Prinovox’ a monthly spot-on that will protect your dog against, lungworms, roundworms, fleas, lice and fox mange. You will also need to give a
tapeworming tablet called ‘Droncit’ alongside ‘Prinovox’ every 6 months to give them full protection.*
If you do not use ‘Prinovox,’ your dog will need a 3 monthly worming tablet called ‘Milpro’ to protect them against lungworm, roundworm and tapeworm.*
*These guidelines are based on a typical family pet, fed a commercial pet food. If you feed your dog raw food or keep them in areas where there are a very high number of other dogs this treatment regime will be insufficient. Please discuss this with your vet
Even if you are currently using either a tick killing or a tick repelling product for your dog, we always recommend that you check through your dog’s coat daily and remove any attached ticks safely with a tick hook. If you do not have one, bring your dog into the practice for one of nurses to remove it. It is very easy to leave the tick’s mouthparts behind if removed incorrectly which can cause abscesses to develop
In low risk situations we recommend removing the occasional attached ticks safely with tick hook.
In high risk situations i.e. if there is a local tick infestation (usually Spring & Autumn) or you travel to a known Lyme’s Disease area, we recommend ‘Prac-Tic’ tick repellent spot on. This medication is fatal to cats and must be applied carefully to your dog. We also recommend ‘Seresto’ collars which repel fleas and ticks for up to 8months.
Lungworm - a regional threat
Lungworm is a life threatening disease and with cases being widely reported it’s a problem that appears to be on the increase. The disease known, as angiostrongylosis, is caused by a type of lungworm that is becoming more widespread
in the UK. The reason for this is unknown but could possibly be as a result of global warming.
How does my puppy catch Lungworm?
For dogs to become infected they have to eat slugs, snails and sometimes in frogs containing infectious larvae. Some dogs might not eat slugs & snails on purpose but they may do so by accident – when a slug or snail falls into a water bowl or is attached to a bone, treat or toy.
What are the symptoms of Lungworm infection?
When lungworm infects a puppy or dog it can result in a number of quite different symptoms some of which are easily confused with other illnesses.
* Breathing problems, coughing or tiring more easily.
* Poor blood clotting, nosebleeds, bleeding into the eye & anaemia.
* Behavioural changes, fits, spinal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Younger dogs up to 2 years are more susceptible to a lungworm infection – most likely due to their inquisitive nature. However any breed at any age can be at risk