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How do I protect my dog against worms, ticks and various illnesses?

We want the best for our puppies, which is why we wonder what we can do to safeguard them from sickness. Many common medical conditions faced by dogs are caused by foreign invaders. Although a dog's immune system is naturally very resilient, there are several precautions that we can take to ensure that they live happy and healthy lives. Pawsome answers your burning questions:

What do I need to know about fleas, ticks and worms?

Fleas and ticks are parasites that live outdoors. They commonly occur in the bodies of other pets and rodents, and they try to find ways to inhabit other host animals. These parasites are easily passed to dogs, so look out for signs like incessant scratching from your dog - besides discomfort, fleas and ticks can also cause serious illness. If a pet care professional has ascertained that your pup is fighting a flea or tick problem, you can use pharmaceuticals like counter flea and tick killer to help your dog with this problem. We can recommend you effective counter flea and tick killer products and also reliable veterinarians.

Tapeworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites in dogs. There are several different kinds of tapeworms that behave and infect differently. Most of the time, a tapeworm infestation results from a dog swallowing fleas, as the eggs of tapeworms live inside fleas. A flea-induced itch can cause a dog to scratch or even bite itself. Fleas might be swallowed when a dog bites its itch. Digested in a dog's gastrointestinal tract, the flea releases tapeworm eggs, which hatch and attach themselves to the intestinal lining. This process of infection can occur quickly, in as little as two weeks, which is why dog owners need to keep vigilant and aware of the symptoms.

Are worms common in puppies?

Intestinal parasites are common in puppies. Roundworms are present in almost all new-born puppies. Puppies can become infected with parasites before they are born or later on through the mother’s milk. If your puppy comes from Pawsome, don't worry - your puppy has been de-wormed every two weeks from the age of two weeks. After you bring your puppy home, please arrange to have him or her de-wormed every month.

When should I vaccinate my puppy?

Puppies from Pawsome are all vaccinated and checked by a vet. Please look at your puppy's vaccination card when it is given to you. There are many diseases that are fatal to dogs. Fortunately, pet owners and pet care professionals have the ability to prevent many of these diseases, through the application of various vaccines. In order to be effective, these vaccinations must be administered in a series within a strict time frame. Ideally, these injections should be given between the ages of 6 to 16 weeks. From your pup's vaccination card, you can see the vet's stated dates for regular follow ups and booster vaccines. All these are proven to safeguard the health of your puppy. Please bring your dog to the stipulated vet checkups and feel free to contact Pawsome if you have any queries. We are more than happy to guide you with the process.

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