Home > Lifestyle > How to have healthy pets > 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 iStock Subscribe to receive health tips daily » Like Health24 on Facebook » Ask CyberVet » Leopard filmed licking a baby impala Mutts entered into the US 2015 World's Ugliest Dog 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. NEXT ON HEALTH24X Experience a contact lens that feels like nothing 2016-10-24 12:49 More: How to have healthy petsHealth tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Cipla today announced the launch of its innovative inhaler called Synchrobreathe. Live healthier How loud is too loud? » Heal your hearing Pain relievers linked to hearing loss in women FDA approves balloon device to clear Eustachian tube SEE: Interesting facts about hearing loss Our ears perform quite a complex job – not only are they responsible for helping us hear, they also assist with balance. Get back into your healthy habits » 7 beach sports to keep you active 7 reasons to start running Here's how to get yourself back into exercise after a break 5 ways to kickstart your fitness routine in 2017 With the festive season at an end, getting back into your fitness routine should be a breeze with these five steps.