All cats and dogs require regular worming .

Roundworms are white, smooth and look similar to strands of spaghetti - they may be seen in the stools. Tapeworms appear as small white/yellow segments adherent to the hair around the anus resembling grains of rice.

We advise weaned puppies and kittens are wormed at 2week intervals until 12weeks old. They should then be wormed monthly until 6months of age and then at 6 monthly intervals throughout their adult life. 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.

Worming is especially important if your pet comes into contact with children or if he/she defaecates in a public area.