Deworming your dog is a necessary part of responsible pet ownership. Yet, according to a recent study, an alarming 25% of Australians have never dewormed their dogs. Given the severity of the health risks associated with worm infections, this statistic underscores the pressing need for increased awareness about regular deworming.
Worms in dogs are more than just an unpleasant thought – they pose significant health risks. Depending on the type of worm, infestations can result in a range of issues from digestive upset, malnutrition and weight loss, to severe health conditions like anemia and heart disease. In some cases, if left untreated, worm infestations can be fatal.
Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that some types of worms can be passed on to humans, posing health risks to your family as well. This is particularly concerning for households with young children or elderly individuals, whose immune systems may be more vulnerable.
Regular deworming is the most effective way to prevent these infestations. How often you should deworm your dog depends on their lifestyle and risk factors such as their age, diet, and environment. As a general rule, puppies should be dewormed every two weeks until twelve weeks of age, then monthly until six months of age. After six months, all dogs need to be dewormed at least every three months for effective protection.
The good news is that deworming your pet is a simple and relatively inexpensive process. There are several effective deworming treatments available, including tablets, chewables, and topical treatments. However, it’s essential to consult with your
vet to find the right product and dosage for your pet. You can find a range of good-quality broad spectrum products in most vets, pet stores, and now at Paddington Pups! We are excited to announce that we now stock NexGard Spectra! Ask our friendly team in-store to help you out and pick up your pups’ worming needs next time you’re in.
As pet parents, our priority is to ensure our furry friends lead healthy, happy lives. Deworming plays a vital part in that mission. So, whether you’re a first-time dog owner or a seasoned pet parent, make sure regular deworming is a part of your pet care routine. Your furry friend – and your family – will thank you.