Do you struggle to get worm tablets into your dog?

In a recent survey 46% of owners said they had problems worming their dogs. Of these 29% had to forcibly worm their pet and a further 44% had to hide the wormer in food to ensure treatment was successful.

Now there is new Plerion, a flavoured, chewable, easy-to-give broad spectrum wormer.

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Primp your Pooch - While on the Plerion website, have some fun, and be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes by uploading a photo of your dog here.

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Dog Vaccinations

In the UK, dogs are vaccinated with a combined vaccination giving protection against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza. Distemper and Parvovirus are terribly contagious, often fatal diseases, that vaccination has gone a long way towards reducing the incidence of. Hepatitis is also often fatal and Parainfluenza is one of the causes of a very annoying and distressing illness known as Kennel Cough.

Most dogs are also vaccinated against Leptospirosis, as this can be passed to humans as well.

Other vaccinations available for dogs include Bordetella bronchiseptica, another cause of Kennel Cough (often given before the dog enters boarding kennels or shows) and Rabies (if you want your dog to have a Pet Passport and go on holiday abroad with you).

Puppies can start a course of vaccinations from 6 weeks, but most start at 8 weeks, with a second injection a month later. Annual vaccination for life is the usual recommendation although it appears that some vaccinations can be given every couple of years instead. If you have acquired an adult dog with an unknown vaccination history, you should consult a vet about how best to protect your new pet.