Worms are tiny parasites that live in your pet’s body; these can be picked up in the environment by ingestion.
Parasites are sometimes overlooked reasons for diarrhoea, bloating, cramping and other digestive symptoms to more severe symptoms such as excessive bleeding. Lungworm is transmitted by slugs and snails and can also be found in snail slime trails, which can cause coughing and bleeding problems. Some of these parasites can also be transmitted via other parasites; for example, fleas transmit tapeworm. There are many different types of worms to be aware of, including tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, heartworm and lungworm.
We believe prevention is better than cure, and that’s why we recommend regular worming treatment for your cats and dogs
Worm treatment for dogs
For dogs, we recommend using a monthly tablet that treats all the above worms, fleas, ticks and mange mites. The only one it doesn’t cover is tapeworm, so than using an additional six-monthly tapeworm tablet is adequate for most dogs.
Worm treatment for cats
For cats, we recommend a monthly spot-on treatment that covers all the above worms (apart from tapeworms), fleas, ticks and mange mites. As with dogs, a separate tapeworm will be required. If your cat hunts, they will also need tapeworm every three months.
If you’re concerned your pet has worms or want to check if your pet’s preventative medication is up to date, then phone the practice, and we can discuss your pets’ requirements and treatment options with you.