The eggs of worms that affect dogs and cats are widespread in the environment. Your pet is exposed to them every day. The majority of these eggs come from the faeces of other dogs and cats that have worms. Tapeworm is also transmitted by fleas.
Many healthy adult pets carry a small number of worms. Regular worm treatments keep these numbers low to prevent disease. Large worm numbers can adversely affect health, causing poor condition, diarrhoea, coughing, vomiting and even anaemia in young puppies/kittens.
Puppies and kittens can be born with worms passed from their mothers and have no immunity to prevent large infestations from occurring. Frequent worming in the first few months of life is critical to the health of puppies and kittens. Pregnant and lactating bitches and queens should also be wormed regularly to lower the number of worms passed to their young.
The main types of worms that affect cats are roundworms, hookworm, tapeworm and lungworm. Dogs are affected by roundworms, hookworm, whipworm, tapeworm.
NOTE: Hookworm can also be passed to young children and the immunocompromised; larvae migrate around the body creating pain and can even affect vision.
Protect your family by worming your pets regularly.
Cover sandpits when not in use.
Teach children good pet hygiene:
- Don't let animals lick their faces
- Wash hands before eating
Pick up and dispose of dog faeces using a glove or plastic bag (then turn bag inside out and tie it up).
There is an almost bewildering number of worming products on the market. Many do not kill all types of worms. Some worming products are combined with flea and mite treatments also. Your veterinary team can help you choose the most appropriate product for your pets.
We generally recommend treating adult cats and dogs every 3 to 6 months with a treatment that kills all major worm types. (An easy way to remember this is to treat each season – at the beginning of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, like changing your toothbrush).
Worm kittens and puppies every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age with a kitten or puppy worming product, then an all-wormer monthly until their immune systems mature at 6 months of age.
Dosing is based on the bodyweight of your pet. It is important to know what your pet weighs to prevent under-dosing worming treatments. Under-dosing can lead to the build-up of resistance in worm populations so that worming medications become less effective. We endeavour to weigh every animal at every visit to keep an up to date record of weight. If your pet has gained or lost weight since their last visit, you can bring them with you to weigh in at any time.
Worming Products we stock
Drontal and Milbemax are all-worming tablets for dogs and cats. The Milbemax cat worming tablets are flavoured.
Advocate and Revolution are preparations applied to the skin that kill roundworms as well as ear and skin mites, and multiple flea life stages. These products are not all-wormers, so an all-wormer should be used intermittently in addition to these products.
Broadline for cats combines a flea treatment (Frontline) with an all-wormer. It is applied to the skin on the back of the head/neck and is proving very popular and convenient for hard to tablet cats!
Profender for cats is an all-wormer only, which is also easily applied to the skin.