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Table 1 Dog risk group definitions

From: Survey of UK pet owners quantifying internal parasite infection risk and deworming recommendation implications

Dog risk groupDescriptionEU ESCCAP recommended deworming frequency
AOlder than 6 months, lives indoors only or goes outdoors but has no direct contact with parks, sandpits, playgrounds, and (faeces from) other dogs and cats, snails and slugs, raw meat or prey1–2 times per year
BOlder 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 meat4 times per year
COlder 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
DIs 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/elderlyMonthly