Worms are not just unpleasant, they also constitute a health risk to the dog and to you. Most puppies carry roundworms, or toxacara, which can debilitate them. If roundworm larvae get into a person they can damage the retina of the eye causing blindness.
To minimise risks from this puppies should be wormed regularly (monthly to 7 months of age, then every 3 months). Any faeces should be cleaned up quickly and disposed of. Do not allow puppies to lick your face. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling puppies. Wormer doeses are weight based so we do like pups to be brought in for weighing to ensure we can calculate the dose accurately for you.
Tapeworms are less of a problem in puppies but as yong dogs become more adventurous they are more likely to contract them. Tapeworms use an intermediate host, which may be another animal or in some cases fleas. Ingestion of larvea from the intermediate host leads to infection. We would sugest tapeworm treatment for any dog having a flea problem and any fed on raw meat.
Lungworm (Angiostrongylus) is becoming an increasing problem. The larvae infest slugs and snails and can be passed into their slime trail. Infected molluscs can crawl over dog toys, water bowls and food bowls and the dog then becomes infected from mouthing the contaminated object. We would suggest dogs are treated routinely at least twice a year with Advocate (which also treats flease and roundworms).