While the topic of parasites is not exactly nice to think about, it is something every pet owner must deal with and a subject that needs to be addressed.

Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites are very common in puppies and dogs and are generally not serious when dealt with, but prevention is necessary for all dogs. The most common of intestinal parasites are hookworms and roundworms, but dogs can also be affected by whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia, and giardia. All puppies are routinely wormed for hookworms and roundworms at 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age, and also receive routine parasite prevention for giardia and coccidia prior to leaving for new homes.

Our puppies are wormed on a strict worming schedule as listed below:

Age Medicine Description
2, 3, 4, 6 & 8 Weeks
Pyrantel Pamoate Gentle and highly palatable wormer used to control hookworms and roundworms in dogs and puppies.
2 & 8 Weeks
Ponazuril Medicine to effectively rid dogs and puppies of the coccidia parasite. We routinely use this medicine, as obtained through our licensed veterinarian, as a preventative measure against coccidia.
Prior to going to new homes Safeguard Broad Spectrum Wormer Broad spectrum wormer for the control of hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. This wormer also has an off-label use for controlling giardia and is often prescribed by veterinarians for this reason.

All of our puppies are treated with a broad spectrum wormer before going to their new homes.

Young puppies are very susceptible to parasites and we recommend that a fecal sample be taken at your puppy's first checkup as the stress brought on by rehoming can make them more susceptible to all parasites. It is common for puppies to have parasites such as intestinal worms, and worming is a normal part of owning a puppy. They should be wormed routinely at 12 & 16 weeks, then once a month until six months of age when they can be wormed every 3 months.


Heartworms are spread by mosquitos and can be deadly to dogs. By having your vet prescribe heartworm prevention you could literally be saving your dog's life. Heartworms are spread by mosquitos that are infected with the larvae which is then passed on to your dog when the mosquito bites. Heartworm prevention is most commonly given as a pill or topical treatment. Both forms are given once monthly. Common forms of this preventative are Heartgard, Sentinel, Revolution, Advantage Multi, etc. Another form of heartworm preventative is an injection given every 6 months at your vet clinic.

Other parasites:

Other parasites include fleas, ticks, & mites. There are many treatments for these parasites individually, but the easiest way to prevent and control these is by giving a broad spectrum preventative.

Please talk with your vet regarding the treatment options available for your dog's needs.

This advice is given solely as a means of educating individuals; all vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and general medicine should be discussed with a licensed Veterinarian before administering.