Pregnancy and Whelping

During pregnancy the body goes through many changes. Therefore, ensuring a high level of health and intestinal hygiene for your bitch is paramount.

At Feclab, we recommend making sure that your bitch is wormed or if you are using natural worming methods, that you are following a consistent worming programme, prior to mating.

If following a natural worming programme, it is important that you check with the company / manufacturer that you are following their recommended guidance for pregnancy and whelping. This is because Roundworm and Hookworm can be passed from the bitch to the unborn pups.

  • Pharmaceutical wormers are often given from 40 days of pregnancy.
  • We recommend carrying out a Faecal Egg Count between 40 – 45 days of pregnancy.
  • Due to the changes in hormones another Faecal Egg Count should be carried out again at 2 weeks post whelping. This should also include a Pooled Puppy Litter test (please see information below).

Due to changes in hormones, Dormant worms can be stimulated by this, therefore it is important that regular Faecal Egg Testing is carried out for both the bitch and the pups. For those following natural worming programmes, this is essential.

As a guide we recommend the following for Puppies:


Pooled litter Puppy Worm Kit

  • 2 – 3 weeks old
  • From 4 weeks old, individual samples should be collected rather than a pooled test of the litter.
  • 8 weeks / pre movement


Worm count

  • 12 weeks


Wormcount and Lungworm (if funds allow)

  • 16 weeks
  • 20 weeks
  • 26 weeks
  • Followed by every 3 months (on the basis that if they have any concerns prior to the 3 monthly retest date, they test earlier).


Lungworm – for those not following a natural prevention programme

We recommend testing for Lungworm every 6 weeks, for those not following a natural prevention programme. This is due to the lifecycle of lungworm. For those with a compromised immune system testing times should be adapted to accommodate this and risk factors. More frequent faecal analysis may be required.

Please note

If you notice any unexplained diarrhoea within the litter of pups, we would strongly recommend testing for Giardia, using the Giardia Antigen Rapid home test kit.

We recommend worming pregnant bitches and puppies as advised by your vet. Due to the changes in hormones and the weakened immune system of puppies, worm challenges can pose a serious health risk. Veterinary advice should always be sought.

Available test kits for Dogs & Cats

You can now purchase your freepost Animal specific worm egg count from our website. You will receive your result via email. In some cases we may post positive results i.e. for lungworm, if confirmation of receipt is not received. Our staff are fully qualified Amtra SQP’s able to advice on Anthelmintic products.

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