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 WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Dangerous winter sun » Why female students ignore the risks of indoor tanning Can rooibos protect you from the effects of UVB exposure? Skin cancer always a risk – even in winter During winter, the risk of skin cancer doesn’t disappear. CyberDoc talks to us about when to see your doctor about a strange-looking mole or spot. Did you know? » The 5 saltiest foods may surprise you Craving salt? Your genes may be the reason 10 fascinating facts about salt The one thing that fast foods, whether it be chips, hamburgers, pretzels or fried chicken have in common, is loads of salt.