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Worming

Worm infestations are common in dogs and cats and may cause disease if not treated. The two types of worms that trouble our pets are roundworms and tapeworms and live in the intestines:

In children the eggs of the parasite 'Toxocara Canis' can settle into the retina of the eye and cause serious damage or even blindness. Children are more at risk as the eggs can remain in the environment and ground for some time and children can become contaminated from playing in the park or rolling on the ground and then touching their face.

Pregnant women are also at risk from roundworms as the parasite 'Toxoplasma Gondi' causes Toxoplasmosis. Contact with the parasite can be through uncooked meat, cat faeces and unpasteurised goat's milk and cheese. Infection of the parasite is rare in pregnant women, but if it does happen can cause serious problems to the unborn baby.

This is why we strongly recommend scooping that poop!

Another worm that is on the rise in the UK is Angiostrongylus vasorum which is Lungworm found in the dog. The adult of the lungworm lives in the heart and the major blood vessels supplying the lungs and if left untreated, can be fatal. The parasite is found in slugs and snails and dogs that ingest these either by accident or deliberately are at risk of getting lungworm. Dogs that may also be at risk are those that drink from puddles or outdoor water bowls and it can also be picked up from outside toys. Signs include coughing, reluctance to exercise, depression and general lethargy. Treatment is available from us and once diagnosed and treated, most dogs make a full recovery. If you feel your dog is more at risk then a monthly spot-on treatment called 'Advocate' can be applied to prevent infection. Feel free to contact us for further advice

How do I keep my animal worm free?

For adult cats and dogs we often recommend worming them every 3 months. This is the most practical and cost effective way of treating your pets. Worming recommendations can vary depending on the age of your animal and their lifestyle. For example, puppies and kittens require a course of worming. If your companion is prone to hunting, eating wildlife or slugs and snails, then they are more at risk to worm infestations and may need treating more regularly, for example monthly.

Not all wormers cover the same spectrum of worms or have the same kill rate so we will dispense the most suitable wormer for your pet. Some specific treatments require us to have seen your pet in the last 12 months however we can still dispense an effective wormer for those we haven't.