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Puppy Worms

Puppy worms are fairly common, especially in puppies whose mother was not wormed during her pregnancy. Puppy worms are contracted (such as the roundworm - Toxocara canis), through the placenta. Infection from worms at this stage can cause developmental problems to the unborn puppy causing it to be underweight and in some cases underdeveloped.

A newborn puppy can still be infected by roundworms from its mother via her milk. Worms at this stage of development can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and decreased appetite. The puppy can also be re-infected from eggs passed out in the faeces contaminating the environment.

Tapeworms can be common in young puppies and are transferred by fleas. Therefore a comprehensive worming program should include regular suitable flea treatments. If tapeworms are present, they will be visible in the puppy’s faeces and appear as small white flecks similar to grains of rice.

Puppies may also be infected with whipworms; they are fairly common and are easily spread through the environment. Whipworms live in the large intestine of their hosts and can cause diarrhoea which can become chronic leading to weight loss and limit development in the puppy.

Hookworms are a less common but equally harmful worm that could infect your puppy. They thrive in warm humid environments and are able to penetrate the skin.

Before administering any worming product, please ensure you always read the pack information and any additional leaflet provided. If in doubt, consult a veterinary professional before using any puppy worming product.

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