Home > Lifestyle > Pet Health > Health tips Updated 24 October 2013 Pet deworming protects the family Being infected by worms is no laughing matter as there are potential serious health risks that may occur in infected children and adults. 0 Pin It iStock Subscribe to the Newsletter » Like Health24 on Facebook » Ask CyberVet » Cats that won't let dogs pass by Cats sleeping in weird positions Being infected by worms is no laughing matter as there are potential serious health risks that may occur in infected children and adults. However, regular deworming of pets markedly reduces the risk to pet owners.Take action:Adult pets should be dewormed at least twice a year, but this frequency depends on the particular circumstances of the dog and its lifestyle. Large numbers of dogs housed in close association, for example in kennels, will need deworming maybe four times a year. Repeat deworming after two or three weeks will improve the efficacy of the deworming process. Take note that combination deworming drugs (available from veterinarians) achieve the best results. Visit the Pet Health CentreWin a Hill’s hamper of goodies and a six month supply of Hill’s Science Plan. More in Lifestyle How to housetrain your puppy More: Pet HealthHealth tips advertisement Get a quote Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life. Live healthier Grief » Phases of grief Culture and grief Grieving in holidays How do you deal with grief? There is no right way of coping with death. The way a person grieves depends on the personality of that person and the relationship with the person who has died. Weight loss » Healthy snacking Weight and heart Texting and weight 10 tips to lose weight Need to shed some weight? Get rid of those extra kilos for good with these 10 expert weight loss tips, compiled by Health24's DietDoc, Dr Ingrid van Heerden.