6 Station Close Daventry Northamptonshire NN11 4FJ • 4 Church Street Long Buckby NN6 7QH01327 702819

Worming

There are many different types of worm that can infect your cat or dog; roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworm ranging in size from 5mm to a frightening 5m!!!

Why pets need worming regularly:

Parasitic worms infect most cats and dogs at some time in their lives.  They can be detrimental to your pets health- and worse still, your family’s!  They can cause gastrointestinal upsets e.g vomiting and diarrhoea.  Signs are dependant upon the severity of the infection, however even with a small burden, they monopolise your pets calorific intake, making them want to eat more and sometimes lose weight.

How do pets get worms?

Contaminated soil: Worm eggs and larvae are passed in the faeces of infected animals and some can survive in the soil for up to a year.  Foxes are a particular worry and can spread worms if dogs come into contact with their droppings.

From fleas: Fleas can be infected with tapeworm larvae and pets can easily swallow fleas whilst grooming themselves

By hunting:  Cats and dogs can be infected with tapeworm as a result of eating small mammals, such as mice or rabbits.  Roundworms can also be transmitted this way, when cats eat birds

What treatments are available?

Dosing for your animal is done using their bodyweight, so it is very helpful if you know what they weigh! Wormers are also available on a Pet Health Plan

We stock a wide range of wormers, most of which are in tablet form.  If your pet is difficult to tablet we do have chewy tablets (for dogs) available, and tablets with palatable coatings (cats and dogs).  We also stock a spot-on wormer for cats called profender (this is a prescription item) which is available in two sizes.

Broad spectrum prescription spot-ons (Advocate and Stronghold) are available and recommended for monthly use to target both internal (worms) and external (fleas, lice, mites etc) parasites.  Neither Stronghold or Advocate will kill tapeworm so a basic wormer (Droncit- which targets only tapeworm) will still be required every three months.  Advocate also targets lungworm, a parasitic infection which has become more prevelant during the last few years.

How often should we treat our pets?

Dogs: <3m- every two weeks, 3-6m- monthly, >6m- every three months (unless your dog has any bad habits)

Cats: As above. However if your cat is a hunter, you may need to worm more frequently (monthly)

A few ways to reduce your pet’s chances of getting a worm infection:

  • Dispose of cat/dog faeces safely
  • Routine flea control- including the environment
  • Worm all new additions to the family
  • Prevent scavenging of carcasses
  • Avoid feeding raw meats

A quick note about Lungworm:

Lungworms are a type of roundworm, they migrate to the lungs and can cause your dog to have breathing or blood clotting problems.  Lungworm is associated with the ingestion of slugs and snails.  Lungworm isnt treatable with regular worming tablets, although Milbemax has been shown to reduce the level of infection.  There is only one product available for the treatment of this parasite and that is Advocate.  This is a broad spectrum spot-on treatment which also treats fleas and other skin parasites.

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