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100% of puppies and kittens are born infected with
worms Your Vets

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


Worm Treatments:


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.


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