Canine and Feline Worms
How is my pet infected?
- Eating microscopic eggs in the environment (they can live in the ground for up to 5 years!)
- Eating an animal that was infected with worms (eg. rats)
- Puppies and kittens can be infected from mum while in utero
- Queens and bitches can pass on worms to puppies and kittens through their milk
- Fleas can pass on tapeworm
What worms can they get?
Roundworms: Long skinny worms with microscopic eggs, infect people.
Tapeworms: Flat worms that separate into segments, spread by fleas.
Hookworms: Too small to see, infect people.
Whipworms: Too small to see.
Lungworm: Live in lungs, outdoor cats and hunting cats are more at risk.
What can they cause?
In pets: High numbers of worms can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss, abdominal pain, coughing, anaemia & low energy. These can be especially serious in small puppies and kittens.
In humans: Abdominal pain and tummy upsets, anaemia, skin disease, vision issues.
How to protect family and pets:
- Use a deworming treatment regularly
- Always pick up faeces and dispose of it properly
- Cover sandpits
- Wash hands before eating and drinking
- Avoid pets licking childrens faces
The hardest part is choosing which option is best for you and your pet! Our helpful receptionist and nursing team are here to help.
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. Pop in to use our scales if it has been a while or your pet has changed weight recently.