Worms in your pet
- Many animals will have no outward signs of illness
- Very young and very old pets are more at risk of getting ill from having worms. This can range from mild gastrointestinal disease through to death.
- If your pet passes or vomits up a worm, please bring it into the practice in a suitable container for us to examine. (We get all the fun jobs!)
- Worms can be dangerous to humans too. Some roundworms can even cause blindness in children. The elderly and anyone who is immunosuppressed are also at risk of disease.
- Worms can similarly affect livestock when transmitted through infected dog faeces. In cattle and sheep, some species of worm can even cause abortions and fertility issues.
- Flea control will also aid in preventing tapeworm infections.
Reducing the risks!
Young animals need regular worming to control both roundworms and tapeworms. Currently, the BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) recommend worming your puppy or kitten every two weeks until 12 weeks of age. Our vets can advise you on the safest and most effective treatments for your pet.
Adult pets also need regular worm control generally every 3 to 6 months, depending on exposure to infection.
Pregnant animals require worming in order to reduce the worm burdens in their puppies and kittens, but not all products are safe or effective. It is very important to speak to your vet, so the correct product can be prescribed to ensure that both mum and babies are protected.
To help reduce the risk of your pet picking up worms in the first place, maintain a good standard of hygiene at home through regular hand washing, frequent ‘poo picking’ of the garden with appropriate disposal, regular disinfection of floors and washing pet bedding at high temperatures.
Where do worms come from?
- Other infected animals - it is important that all animals in the household are wormed together at regular intervals
- Ingestion of larvae or eggs found in the grass or environment.
- Raw meat or infected prey animals (so if your cat is a regular hunter they may need more frequent treatment.)
How can I treat my pet?
We are proud to be able to prescribe the latest, safest and most effective medications. We have a range of products to suit all pets, from palatable chewy treats, to spot on treatments and we aim to make it as easy as possible for owners to both treat – and remember to treat – their pets. Don’t forget, if you are a member of our Folly Care Club, all your pet’s flea and worm treatments for the year are included in your subscription!
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