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At what age should I deworm my puppy?

The puppy is very sensitive to his environment and consequently to certain parasites. Among them, we find intestinal worms, cestodes and nematodes. An infestation can cause many symptoms and these worms are even the cause of various diseases. It should also be noted that the puppy can be contaminated by worms while he is still in his mother's womb or while he is nursing! Deworming your puppy is therefore essential to preserve his health but also that of all family members. When should a deworming be administered to a puppy and how often so that he is best protected and avoids contamination of the whole family?

The different intestinal worms in dogs


The puppy and the adult dog can be contaminated by different types of parasitic worms, namely
  • Cestodes or flatworms that look like grains of rice accumulated in a long string. These intestinal worms are called tapeworms.
  • Nematodes or round worms that look a bit like spaghetti. These include whipworms, roundworms and hookworms.
Deworming is necessary to eliminate them.

Deworming your puppy to protect the whole family


Giving your puppy a deworming treatment is important to protect his health, but also that of the humans and animals living around him. This will avoid any risk of contamination. If we are not careful, everyone can catch various diseases transmitted by parasitic worms. They spread very easily in the environment.

Playing the prevention card therefore protects everyone. Let's not forget that before infesting the small intestine, and thus reaching their adult size, worms cause lesions in certain organs of their host while they are still in their larval state. They can affect the intestines of course, but also the heart and lungs for example.

Moreover, these worms reproduce very quickly and humans run the risk of ingesting eggs when handling their animal. Precautions must be taken with children because they are extremely exposed to the risk of being contaminated because they spend a lot of time with their pet, cuddle it or sleep with their puppy. Contamination is also common in young children through their toys, for example, because they frequently put their fingers in their mouths.

The best age to deworm your puppy


The deworming of a puppy should be done as soon as possible:
  • As soon as an adopted puppy arrives in the home, then every 4 weeks until it reaches the age of 6 months.
  • From the age of 15 days for puppies born at home, then every 14 days until the young are 2 months old and then, until their 6th month, every 4 weeks.
It is important to deworm your female dog a few days before giving birth, as well as all the dogs and cats (young and adult) living in your home.

To deworm your puppy, it is essential to consult your veterinarian beforehand, because only he knows exactly what dewormer is appropriate for your young animal, depending on its age, weight, health and the environment in which it lives. It is strongly recommended to observe, in parallel to a regular deworming of the puppy and then of the adult dog, an irreproachable hygiene of the living space and to make sure that all the members of the family wash their hands very regularly after having handled the animal, its bowls, its basket, or after having been licked by their dog.