A very difficult question to answer for a number of  reasons. Both Roundworm and Hookworm eggs voided in the faeces are invisible to the naked eye, so unless you are lucky enough, or unlucky enough, depending  on your point of view, to see the adult worms or Tapeworm segments, your dog could easily have worms without you knowing.

The vast majority of puppies have Roundworms as they can be infected before birth, the migrating larvae being able to cross the placenta. Young puppies  can also become infected through drinking their mother’s milk which may also contain infective larvae.

There are three types of worms that can infect dogs, Roundworms, Tapeworms & Hookworms.

Puppies

Roundworm

The vast majority of puppies have Roundworms as they can be infected before birth, the migrating larvae being able to cross the placenta. Young puppies  can also become infected through drinking their mother’s milk which may also contain infective larvae.

Treatemnt Regime: puppies sould be wormed from 3weeks of age, every 2weeks until 15weeks of age, then every 3months. This will be provided at the time  of your puppy’s vaccination.

Adult dogs

Roundworm

In most adult dogs the number of worms is few and as a result there are few clinical symptoms. Eggs take 2weeks to become infective after being voided  in the faeces. young adult dogs, pregnant bitches and bitches in season are responsible for most of the environmental contamination with Roundworm eggs.  Humans infected with Roundworms, usually from ingesting comtaminated soil, can show respiratory, abdominal and eye problems, occasionally leading to  blindness.

Tapeworm

Heavy infestations can cause anal irritaion, digestive disturbances and ill thrift. They are aesthetically unpleasant as the segments, which resemble  rice grains, leave via the anus to deposit their eggs. The most common Tapeworm in dogs is Dipylidium Caninum which is contracted when the dog eats an  infected flea, so for obvious reasons tapeworm treatment should be accmpanied by vigorous steps to control any associated flea problems. Humans can be  infected by ingesting the eggs of a particular type of tapeworm.

Hookworm

These can cause anaemia and, because they burrow through the skin, can also cause skin and feet lesions.Hookworm infestation is common in Greyhound and  Hunt kennels, but can occasionally be encountered where large numbers of dgos congregate – especially if it is damp underfoot.

Treatment Regime: Advice on the control of Roundworm, Tapeworm and Hookworm along with the most suitable medication can be acquired from the practice.  At Braid Vets, we recommend worming 4 times a year. Treatment may be purchased at the practice, and will be routinely encouraged at your dog’s health  check and vaccination visit