* Puppies are given a worming treatment every 2 weeks from 2 weeks of age until 12 weeks of age.
At 16 weeks of age, you should collect a fresh stool/faeces sample from your puppy and bring it in so that it can be sent off to be checked for PARASITES. This not only checks that your puppy is now free of intestinal worms BUT ALSO CHECKS FOR OTHER single-celled parasites THAT WORMING TREATMENTS DO NOT KILL or get rid of from your puppy.
IF ANY WORMS are found in your puppy's stool sample, then you should continue giving a worming treatment ONCE a MONTH until your pup is 6 months of age and the stool parasite test is repeated.
IF NO WORMS are found in your puppy's stool sample, you only have to repeat this stool parasite test every 6 months. For life.
The previous method of worm management, is to give a worming tablet every 3 months, for life, from 12 weeks of age. Also some Hearworm preventatives also kill some intestinal worms. The down-side of all of this constant medicating for intestinal worms is that resistance builds up in the pet worm population AND you are giving a constant regular dose of chemicals/drugs that may not even be killing all of the pup's internal parasites!
For MORE details on Puppy Intestinal worming, CLICK HERE.
** Heartworm Blood Test
If your puppy does not receive Proheart Injection at 12 to 13 weeks of age, but starts on a Once-a-Month Heartworm treatment, it should have a Heartworm blood test 6-7 months after starting this monthly treatment. Click here for more detailed information on puppy Heartworm treatment.