Worming for your pets
All cats and dogs require regular worming.
Roundworms are white, smooth and look similar to strands of spaghetti – they may be seen in your pets faeces. Tapeworms appear as small white/yellow segments that stick to the hair around the bottom resembling grains of rice.
Transmission of most worms occurs when infected animals pass eggs or larvae in their faeces. Your dog or cat may then ingest these, they then develop into adult worms and the cycle continues.
Worms can be a public health concern and worming is especially important if your pet comes into contact with children, if he/she defaecates in a public area or for dogs that are exercised on farm land.
Lungworm (dogs only) is a particular concern in the south west. Lungworm is not passed from dog to dog directly, but dogs may ingest the larvae by eating or coming into contact with slugs or snails. Lungworm is a real concern as it can cause blood clotting problems.
Lungworm infections can be fatal and for this reason we advise regular preventative treatment.
We also advise that all dogs coming to us for routine surgery have either been treated for lungworm or have a blood test on the day to check they are not infected.
We advise weaned puppies and kittens are wormed at 2 week intervals until 8 weeks old. They should then be wormed monthly until 6 months of age and then at 3-6 monthly intervals throughout their adult life.
An exception to this is lungworm which requires monthly treatment. If your cat is a regular hunter he/she will need to be wormed more frequently, especially against tapeworms. Tapeworms can be spread by fleas, which also need to be controlled.
Many antiparasitic treatments prevent against both fleas and worms.
Our staff are always happy to discuss the best treatment option for your pet.All cats and dogs require regular worming.