There are two broad categories of worms that may affect our pet dogs and cats, intestinal worms and heartworms. Please see our heartworm page for more information.
Worming is one of the first health care issues pet owners need to address as pups and kittens are the most susceptible. As their name suggests, intestinal worms are parasites that live inside your pet’s intestines.
Most species of animal, as well as humans, can be infected with intestinal worms.
It is important to maintain a routine worming treatment for your pets, to reduce the incidence of infection and to reduce environmental contamination. Another very important reason to worm your pets is to protect your family; as children in particular can become infected with certain dog and cat worms.
Below are some tips to consider regarding worm prevention:
- Promptly clean up pet faeces
- Practice good hygiene, always encourage children to wash their hands regularly (especially after playing in dirt or sandpits, playing with pets or prior to eating)
- Prevent children from playing where the soil may be contaminated
- Keep your pet's environment clean
- Always dispose of dog faeces in public parks and playgrounds.
Puppies and kittens should be wormed every two weeks from four to twelve weeks of age.
From twelve weeks to six months (24 weeks) of age puppies and kittens should be wormed once monthly.
From six months of age on puppies and kittens should be wormed once every 3 months, however more frequent worming may be required if recommended by your veterinarian.
Worming products are available from reception - however we do need to know your pets weight! Feel free to bring them down for a weight check before purchasing their products if they have not been to see us for a few months.