Why should I worm my dog or cat?
Worms are very common in pets. They cause problems in cats and dogs, sometimes making them very ill. Some can also be picked up by people leading to serious illness (this can include blindness in children). It is easy to reduce your pet's worm burden by using good quality products regularly. See www.wormfree.co.uk ('!') more detailed information.
Protect your pet's and your family's health. Use good quality products regularly.
Worming puppies and kittens
Roundworms are very common in puppies and kittens, sometimes causing illness in the pet. They can also be transmitted to people in some cases, and may lead to serious illnesses. Puppies can be infested with roundworm larvae before birth, and pups and kittens can get worms when suckling their mothers milk.
It is best to start worming at 2 weeks old, and repeat at 5 weeks old (we usually use Panacur at this age)
From two months old we use combined wormers and flea prevention which are liquids applied to the skin (either Stronghold or Advocate) They should be applied monthly, and can be used thoughout your pets life to give the best protection against a wide range of parasites.
Worming a bitch with certain products in the last weeks of pregnancy ( usually from day 40) can reduce the transfer of larvae to the unborn foetus.
Adults dogs and cats
Adult animals can be affected with roundworms and tapeworms. Both can cause illness in the animal and again some can be transmitted to people. You may see no signs to suggest a problem, even if the animal has worms of one kind or another. Unfortunately, we do see an unusual kind of worm in South West Wales, which is rare in other parts of the UK. Lungworm infestation can cause severe illness including bleeding disorders. Interestingly, fleas are an intermediate host for some tapeworms, so animals may have more than one parasite to deal with. It is wise to treat your pet periodically, perhaps as frequently as every three months for roundworms and tapeworms. Go to www.wormfree.co.uk ('!') for more detailed information.
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