Elmhurst Animal Care Center: Puppies and Worm Prevention

Offering a full range of pet services, including vaccinations, grooming, boarding, and dental care, Elmhurst Animal Care Center serves the Elmhurst, Illinois, community. Veterinarians on staff have expertise in puppy and kitten care, and they offer vaccines, nutritional advice, and parasite and disease prevention tailored to the needs of rapidly growing pets.

Parasites are of particular concern in puppies, which are fragile compared with adult dogs. In addition to external parasites such as ticks and fleas, internal parasites such as worms are a major concern. Worms are extremely common in puppies, with many developing roundworms while in the womb or through nursing. Other worms of concern are heartworms, which are transmitted by mosquitoes, and tapeworms, which are transmitted by fleas. Whipworms and hookworms are commonly present in the soil that puppies love to dig in.

For very young puppies, Elmhurst Animal Care Center recommends a broad-spectrum de-wormer that will eliminate worms at the early infestation stages. As puppies mature, they should be regularly tested for worms, because infestations can be nearly symptomless until the later, more serious stages.