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Endoparasites live within your dog and include roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms.

Puppies can have roundworms (Toxocara canis) from as young as 2 weeks of age. This roundworm can be spread to the pup from their mother’s milk. This type of roundworm can also infect children. Therefore it is vital to worm your puppy every 2 – 3 weeks from 2 weeks of age.

The most common tapeworm of dogs is Dipylidium and is transmitted by fleas. Any dog that has had exposure to fleas will be infected. Other tapeworm species can infect dogs through scavenging, hunting or eating uncooked meat.

Whipworms and hookworms can cause diarrhoea and skin irritation in dogs and can infect humans leading to skin disease.

It is almost impossible to stop your puppy from coming into contact with worms throughout its life and worms can live within your dog without your knowledge. Different worms can also pose risks to humans and children.

A regular worming regime tailored to your dog’s needs and lifestyle will help protect the health of your dog and family and reduce contamination of the environment.  It is recommends all pets are wormed at least every 3 months. However, young animals and those in a higher risk environment may require worming more regularly.



Some signs to look out for are among a few:

  • Scooting
  • Biting bottom area
  • Pot bellied
  • Poor appearance
  • Worm in faeces
  • Intermittent diarrhoea
  • Dark Faeces
  • Lose of weight
  • Anaemic


Dogs can get lungworm by eating a snail containing the infective larvae.  The adult worm lives in the dogs pulmonary artery (heart) and the eggs travel to the lung.


Harsh cough - Fluid build up in the lungs -May loose some weight.



This worm is not seen in the UK as it is transmitted by mosquito who transfer the larvae from one host to another.  This is usually from warmer countries.  The larvae live in the dog's tissue for 3-4 months and then migrate to the heart to mature.  Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done if a dog is infected with heart worm and can only be diagnosed with autopsy.

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