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Understanding the worming regime for newborn puppies and their mothers
In pregnant bitches, worming is essential, it will not completely eradicate transfer of worms to the puppy, but will drastically reduce it. Pregnant bitches should be treated from day 40 of pregnancy to 2 days post-birth with fenbendazole.
- Not all products are suitable for use in pregnancy; always consult your veterinary surgeon for advice regarding suitable products to use during the pregnancy
Do not forget to regularly treat your bitch for fleas, as the flea is the intermediate host of the common tapeworm Dipylidium.
Puppies are often infested with roundworms at the time of birth, direct from their mother’s womb. This infection is reinforced by worm larvae being present in the mother’s milk and faeces.
- This worm can infect humans; therefore, active worming is essential.
In young puppies worming is essential from 2 weeks of age as the pups may have been infected in the uterus (before birth) and will soon ingest worms in the mother’s milk and from the mother’s faeces if the mother is carrying an infestation also.
Wormer’s are available for puppies from 2 weeks of age (these contain fenbendazole) covering the following worms:
- gastro-intestinal tapeworms (Taenia and Dipylidium)
- gastro-intestinal roundworms (Toxocara canis)
- Hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum)
- Whipworms (Trichuris vulpis)
- Giardia infections (Giardiasis)
Weaned puppies should be wormed every two weeks from 2 weeks of age until 12 weeks of age, and then every month until the puppy is 6 months of age when they can be treated as adults (de-wormed every 3 months).