Another parasite you need to protect your new pup from are intestinal worms. Intestinal worms live in the intestines and feed on the nutrients that the puppy consumes. If left untreated, they can cause a wide range of health problems, from malnutrition to anaemia and even death. The most common way puppies become infected is by ingesting the eggs of the parasites, which can be found in contaminated soil, faeces, and other sources.
To protect your puppy from these parasites, regular deworming treatments should be provided.
Intestinal worms are parasites that live in the intestines and feed off the nutrients thatthe puppy consumes. If left untreated, these parasites can cause a wide range of health problems, from malnutrition to anaemia and even death. The most common way for puppies to become infected is by ingesting the eggs of the parasites, which can be found in contaminated soil, faeces, and other sources.
To protect your puppy regular worming treatments should be provided. Following the below worming protocol will keep your puppy free from intestinal worms:
You should deworm your puppy regularly:
- every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age
- then once a month until 6 months of age,
- And every 3−6 months for life (more often when they're around young children)
Heartworms are parasites transmitted by mosquitoes that live in the heart and lungs of pets and can cause serious damage to their health, and often death. Heartworm prevention is the best way to ensure your puppy stays healthy and free from these parasites.
An annual heartworm injection is the most reliable way to protect your puppy from heartworm as it doesn't rely on you remembering to treat them monthly. This can be given from as early as twelve weeks of age. Monthly heartworm medications are also available, however, this is best discussed with your vet as it can be fatal to administer a treatment when there is an active heartworm infestation.
Heartworm protection is recommended in most areas of Australia, however, Tasmania is considered low risk. Please check with your vet, whether heartworm protection is recommended for your pet.
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