Worming

Worming

Roundworms and Tapeworms

Worms are parasites that live inside the body. Roundworms and tapeworms are the ones that most commonly affect animals. They can cause poor health such as a dull hair coat, vomiting, diarrhoea, intestinal blockage or lung damage and death in animals. These worms can be passed on to people, especially the young, elderly and the unwell. Roundworm, Toxocara canis, that affects dogs can cause blindness in people and some forms of tapeworm can also infect people and can result in death. Worm eggs can last for years in the ground so it is easy for your pet to pick up worms from the soil. Tapeworms can be passed on by fleas and lungworm which are spread by pets eating pests such as slugs and snails.

Worming

Generally we would recommend worming every 3 months, but as puppies and kittens can be born with worms we would advise worming monthly for little ones, and also for pets that hunt more. Good hygiene such as washing hands and disposing of faeces will help prevent worm infections. We feel very strongly about preventative healthcare, we are very careful about the wormers we sell. We sell broad spectrum wormers that cover almost all the major round and tapeworms. A lot of worming products available over the counter (for example pet shops or supermarkets) only cover a few of the worms and not all the species of worms. We also run a healthcare plan for our pets. This is a budgeted monthly scheme that covers the cost of the vaccinations, worming and flea treatments. It is aimed to cover the costs of medications and some of the procedures not covered by insurance, such as nail clipping and anal gland emptying and discounted dentals. Please ask reception about our “VIP” Very Important Pet Health Plan to find out more.

Puppies

Puppies are born with Toxocara worms that have migrated from the mother into the pup while still inside the womb. All puppies have them, they also have worms that have migrated into the tissues of the pup and are lay dormant in the larval stage (hypobiescent L4 larvae).

The only product proven to kill all stages of this worm, including the worm eggs, is Fenbendazole. We advise giving this wormer every day for 3 days in a row. Repeat this every 2 weeks from birth up to 12 weeks of age. (Or weeks 3, 5 and 8)

Young Dogs

Once dogs start going outside, they need protection from a much wider range of worms that they can get from other dogs, rats, sheep, slugs and snails, etc

Lungworm kills and can be contracted by eating slugs, snails or frogs, or even having these animals crawl over a food bowl. There are few products that kill lungworm and we would suggest Milbemycin every month. It can be given on its own, or as part of a Flea-tick-worm remedy.

Older Dogs

The worms in individual dogs can be controlled by worming every 3 months. This will not control lungworm and the dogs will get the other worm species but the worms will not reach adulthood in 3 months, your dog will not shed worm eggs.

Monthly worming still remains the safest prevention.

Children and Adults with Health Conditions

A small number of children develop eye problems due to dogs and cat worms each year. We would advise monthly worming if children under 5 years are in the house.

Adults who have a compromised immune systems also need greater protection and in this case we would once again suggest monthly worming. For further information please consult your GP.

Raw Meat

Dogs fed on raw meat should be treated against tapeworm regularly.

Dogs that hunt are also likely to pick up tapeworm from their prey and need monthly worming.

Kittens

Cats are not infested while still in the mother but will pick up roundworms from the mother by drinking her milk.

Kittens need to be wormed from the age of 6 weeks. We would suggest 3 days of Fenbendazole, since it is the only wormer that kills all the stages of the Toxocara worms that kittens get from adult cats.

Young Cats

We would suggest monthly worming of young cats for at least the first 6 months, or better still, the first year.

Adult Cats

Worms can be controlled by worming every 3 months. They will get worms, but the worms will not have reached adulthood within 3 months, so they will not yet have started forming new worm eggs.

Cats that hunt, multi-cat households, catteries and breeding centres need to worm monthly.

Children and Adults with Health Conditions

A small number of children develop eye problems due to dogs and cat worms each year. We would advise monthly worming if children under 5 years are in the house.

Adults who have compromised immune systems also need greater protection and in this case we would once again suggest monthly worming. For further information please consult your GP.

Raw Meat

Cats fed on raw meat should be treated against tapeworm regularly.

Cats that hunt are also likely to pick up tapeworm from their prey and need monthly worming.