There are 4 types of intestinal worms that your puppy needs to be protected against: roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm and whipworm.

Intestinal worms are picked up from the faeces of infected dogs and from the environment. Signs of a worm burden in puppies include a pot-belly, a dull coat, diarrhoea, and slow weight gain. Hookworm and whipworm also attach to the walls of the intestine and feed on your puppy’s blood, which can lead to life-threatening anaemia.

Puppies will need to be wormed for intestinal worms on the following schedule:

  • Every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age
  • Every 1 month until 6 months of age
  • Every 3 months for the rest of their adulthood

Allwormer worming products protect your puppy against all intestinal worms – we recommend Milbemax Allwormer tablets, which can be given every 3 months to adult dogs.


  • Puppies can be born with intestinal worms! Puppies can become infected with roundworms or hookworms through their mother’s milk, so it is important to start deworming your puppies as soon as possible (starting from 2-weeks of age).
  • Some tapeworms are transmitted by fleas. Not all multi-coverage products that prevent against intestinal worms will cover all species of tapeworm (e.g. Nexgard Spectra) as they provide flea protection. Hydatid and Taenia tapeworms commonly affect dogs in rural areas. If you live in a rural area, you can use a Tapewormer or Allwormer to ensure complete tapeworm protection.


Read more about parasite prevention options before giving any medication to your puppy or your dog or speak to your vet if unsure what is best for your puppy. Some preventatives are only suitable for puppies older than a certain age, or may not cover all parasites.

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