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Table 3 Dog risk group definitions

From: Survey of European pet owners quantifying endoparasitic infection risk and implications for deworming recommendations

Dog Risk Group Description EU ESCCAP recommended deworming frequency
A Older than 6 months, lives indoors only or goes outdoors but has no direct contact with parks, sandpits, playgrounds, (faeces from) other dogs and cats, snails and slugs, raw meat or prey 1–2 times per year
B Older than 6 months, goes outdoors and has direct contact with parks, sandpits, playgrounds, and (faeces from) other dogs and cats; but does not eat prey animals and/or snails and slugs and/or goes outdoors to hunt and does not eat raw meat 4 times per year
C Older than 6 months, goes outdoors and has direct contact with parks, sandpits, playgrounds, and (faeces from) other dogs and cats and eats prey animals and/or snails and slugs and/or goes outdoors to hunt and eats raw meat > 4 times per year
D Is less than 6 month-old; or lives in a fox tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) endemic area; or eats prey animals and/or goes outdoors to hunt; or lives indoors, eats raw meat and lives with children/elderly Monthly